Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Pain and Pain Free Manual Therapy Paradigms
Now, the second triangle shows how knowledge leads to intervention, intervention leads to being pain free and pain free often brings more knowledge. Now as a coach or manual therapist our role is to bring knowledge to the patient or athlete. The intervention is what happens, whether it's and adjustment, soft tissue work or homework of foam rolling.
Probably the most important aspect of this triangle pain free paradigm is the Knowledge. Knowledge can be things such as "Hurt does not equal Harm." Just because it hurts does not mean you're damaging anatomy, can be a powerful affirmation. Explaining what exactly Degenerative Disc Disease is and what it is not. Learning how to breath correctly and what it can do. Why sitting is bringing about the low back pain.
One of the big things that was covered in the baby class was breathing. Again, this thought process aplys greatly to the manual therapy and coaching world. Proper breathing is a great example to use. Tension, brings less oxygen to the muscles. Less oxygen leads to more pain in the soft tissue. Faulty breathing can also lead to decreased thoracic mobility. Knowledge. Intervention (practice belly breathing), Pain Free,less pain in the Scalenes as an example of the Pain Free Paradigm.