Anna got to the clinic in time of deep frustration and fear, she carried her back pains for the last 10 years of her life, but now after the birth of her first daughter she stopped with all pain killers with the wish and intention to breastfeed and she just couldn't do it with the amount of pains. Together with the challenges of a new born it was just too much.
Anna was diagnosed with herniated disc and sciatica that caused pain in all her right side. We worked for about 3 months, once a week. Gradually she got better, and in the end, surprisingly even for me, her pains were completely gone…
How can it be?
Majority of our pains and limitations of movement are caused by over contracted and dry connective soft tissue.
Yes, even cases of hard diagnosis.
In our body, around and in every muscle, bone, organ and even cell there is a rap of soft connective tissue named Fascia.
Fascia is specific type of connective tissue that has collagen fibers and elastin fibers and it's flexible and resilience.
It is connected to our nervous system and being activated in regulation and transfers between the sympathetic to the parasympathetic systems.
From John Barns website : “Fascia is a web of connective tissue formed in bands that wraps around all the internal parts of the body from head to toe and fuses it all together. It allows the muscles to move freely alongside other structures and reduces friction. It can be found immediately beneath the skin, around muscles, groups of muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, organs and cells. Fascia is everywhere. Biologically, it’s what holds us together.”
When it is unbalanced it can get dry and overstretched and even pull our bones toward each other, creating over compression, press the nerves and sometimes even affect and imbalance our whole structure. On the other side, it can also get too loosen, damage the natural tissue patterns, lose its plasticity and resiliency.
In both situations the results can be chronic pains and loss of mobility.
In bodywork therapy we work on the pain and the imbalances that create it and we also educate the client about the reasons, patterns of his/her stability and movement so they learn to support and enhance the change into everyday life. With focused work, for most of the cases, in relatively short time the pain is reduced and often times completely resolved.