Had enough of the same pain again & again?
How often do you see practitioners for the same pain, the same spot, the same experience. AND then it starts to spread. Once it was a knee and now it is also the foot, the back, maybe into your backside and hips.
You might have tried massage or physio, maybe pilates or the like and yet it’s still a problem. Maybe it kinda goes away but as soon as you stop YOUR strategies it returns, much the same. You keep trying other people but this is not going away. Sometimes you get to the point where you think is this is? Is this my lot?
No matter how much you use that spiky ball, the foam roller, stretch this, activate that…it’s never enough!
What if I told you that the answer to your pain and frustration was available to be seen in the way you stand, walk and move.
Take a look in a mirror… actually stare at your body…be a full-on stare-bear.
Are you balanced left to right? Front to back? Rotated here and there? It all might be just a little…guess what? Just a little is plenty enough!
“Everyone is a bit crooked…” you say to yourself justifying it. TRUE. And everyone has pain somewhere…also TRUE. Just some cop it more than others! And you are here…so you are likely to be one of them!
So check out your posture, explore this, spend a minute…
Here’s what to look for:
Do you have a cranky scoliosis that you feel creates your issues
Do your ankles roll inward, maybe just 1 does
So why are we listing all of this?
These slopes and imbalances have a major impact on your body tension patterns, stretching it here and compressing it on the opposite side. It’s a push-pull system (ie. if you push it here, it will pull there and vice versa).
The reason we compensate throughout the body is that your brain, will always try to keep your eyes in a level position. The difficulty to move if your eyes are not level is considerable
So once again, have a look at your feet and look at the levels in your body. You compensate somewhere for every little imbalance just to keep those eyes level.
Why??? Have you ever tried walking around with your head on the side or rotated? Have a go…you will find out fast why your body compensates to keep that all important vision on and even keel.
Consider one of your injuries or pains.
Have a think about how you wandered around with this injury.
How much you needed to protect it, support it, hold it for that time, you may be still doing it?
Well you are still doing it.
Consider that you created a new pattern that your brain got used to…never returning to the pre-injury pattern.
For example…what about a low back injury?
Did you noticed that if you tilted a little here and turned a little there that your pain was slightly or completely eased…a compensation pattern was born from this
So have you had a back injury that you had to manuevre around while you recovered.
Did your pelvis ever get the movement back, or your ribcage from your avoidance strategy? Maybe you have ribcage pain now or another niggly back pain that isn’t “too bad” but doesn’t ever really go away…tends to hibernate and then re-emerge.
Thing is we all have history. Our history creates a pattern of compensation. That pattern is adopted by the brain as normal and then the snowball effect occurs.
THE GOOD NEWS…that snowball effect can be undone, can be re-balanced, can be re-patterned by your brain.
AND IT’S FUN TO DO!! To feel yourself truly move again.
That feeling of “this is just the way I am”, doesn’t have to be just the way you are!
There is a choice for you here.
Really Interesting Stuff about your Body’s Clever Abilities!
The nervous system can be compensating for the effects of an injury long after the tissue has completely healed. In fact, we see this with almost all our chronic pain patients.
People often accept living with chronic pain because an MRI scan or X-ray has indicated structural abnormalities, or funnily enough they show no changes so everyone says there is nothing wrong with you. The important thing is, are you compensating and if so why and how?
Compensation often occurs as a threat response. If something is causing you pain, your body will subconsciously do everything possible to get you out of that pain, including changing movement patterns to avoid an area:
- bend away from it
- hitch up to protect it
- turn towards it or away depending on the feel in your body
- turn out a hip
- slouch forwards
- anything is possible really
This can lead to some areas working more, and others less, areas stretching or contracting more then others.
These postures done every day eventually become your norm, or your body’s perception of normal. It’s simply adapting to make your body more efficient by avoidance and compensation. However, making one habit more efficient can lead to other tasks becoming more strenuous.
AiM treatment is about helping YOUR body return to a balanced state. Things like previous injury, stress, lifestyle habits can all make slight changes to how you move or stand. Our job is to help identify and correct these changes to help you return to balance…it’s like pressing a reset button.
So how can we help you?
We will observe your walking pattern known as your “Gait cycle”, break it down into manageable sizes to decipher your adopted posture, your unique compensation pattern.
Through a sequence of movements in the gait cycle, we create an environment for re-patterning to begin, where the body feels safe from previous injury. The brain automatically learns this new movement, it’s easier than the old one, and it’s more efficient. Ironically this is how you got the imbalance as well. You tried to avoid a position due to pain or discomfort/stiffness, it felt easier so the brain adopted it, it just never let it go when you had gotten better. We are just undoing that pattern.
AiM (Anatomy In Motion ®) is a completely wholistic way of looking at pain and dysfunction. The brainchild of renowned Sports Therapist Gary Ward (author of What The Foot?), AiM is a systematic approach to assessing and influencing movement through gait (walking). Much of the chronic pain people experience can be mapped to problems in the gait cycle. Correcting these problems helps the body return to balance and a pain free space.
What is “Anatomy in Motion” (AiM)?
AiM is a completely wholistic way of looking at pain and dysfunction. The brainchild of renowned Sports Therapist Gary Ward (author of What The Foot?), AiM is a systematic approach to assessing and influencing movement through gait (walking). Much of the chronic pain people experience can be mapped to problems in the gait cycle. Correcting these problems helps the body return to balance and a pain free space.
Who do I have to be to be a success with AiM?
- You have a genuine want to be out of pain and you are ready to do the work to get there
- You understand that creating lasting change takes time, there are no short cuts, or quick fixes
- You are sick of your current state of things
- You are willing to do 3-5 minutes of easy, tailored exercises daily
The cool thing with this exercise-based treatment is that you don’t need to see us super regularly. At the start we do a 1 hour assessment, and follow you up 1-2 weeks later. Then, we actually want you to do the exercises for 3-4 weeks. Then we check on you and leave you another 3-4 weeks to continue with the exercises. So consider how much you may have needed a therapist in the past. What we provide you with here is a way to not see Osteos, Chiros, Physios, masseuses etc. You get off that road because you will be able to access movements that your brain had put a stop to in your past, a good strategy by your brain in the short term, but a problem for you in the longer term.
And don’t worry if you feel you have tried everything…I bet you haven’t done this.
Do you have to be sporty to do this?
Absolutely not! You just need legs and a spine, arms, feet…basically if you have a body you can work with us!
Should I expect instant success, the “one appointment wonder”?
No. Sorry just not realistic in any manual therapy profession. BUT you may feel some pretty unique things in your 1st appointment that gives you a taste of what potential you have! Progress may be fast, the more you practice, the faster you re-pattern your movements, the sooner we move on!
To direct you to the beneficial movements to restore YOUR balance, all completely focused at what you find hard. It’s a funny process for some when we ask you for example, push a knee forward which creates a specific hip movement we are looking for…some people cannot do this…cannot push their knee. They can see us do it but are literally flabbergasted when they try. It’s not that they can’t…it’s that their brain doesn’t recognize the movement, a big chunk missing in their gait! And that’s all this is, a body map looking for the chunks your body is missing in movement.