How I work
Our bodies are rather sophisticated little systems. Everything is connected and everything that has happened to us in the past influences how we feel, breathe, move and perform today. Everything and anything leaves an imprint to our systems; the injuries we have sustained, the surgeries we have had, strenuous or repetitive exercise, static or monotonic work environment, challenging life events, persistent stress or emotional traumas...the list is endless.
Our bodies are super clever and we have an amazing ability to change, compensate, and adapt to anything that life throws at us. This is brilliant, until our habitual compensations are starting to disservice us by reducing our movement options, creating fear of certain movement and positions, changing our beliefs and expectations of ourselves. This is when our bodies are starting to complain.
What am I doing that is different?
You will be assessed and treated as a WHOLE person, not as a particular body part. I am trained in Thoracic Ring and The Integrated Systems Model (ISM Lee & Lee 2011). It is an approach which provides an understanding of how all past injuries, postural and movement habits are connected and have contributed to the current state of health or symptoms. This model allows clinicians to be more effective and efficient with their assessment and treatment in order to help patients develop better movement strategies and habits to help reduce symptoms while improving function and performance.
Yes, your hip can be the reason of your hip pain. Or it could be stemming from that 'fully recovered' ankle injury, sciatica, injured shoulder, pregnancy, postural habits on your desk chair etc. Especially if previous treatments failed and investigations did not deliver the answers.
I will want to know everything about you regardless of where your symptoms or pain are. I will assess and move the whole of you rather than only the effected body part. I will want to know your physical limitations, emotional experiences and beliefs about your body's performance and abilities. Together we can recognise dysfunctional areas in your system and figure out if we need to treat your hip or your old ankle injury to improve your hip pain.