Had enough of the same pain again and again?
How often do you see practitioners for the same pain, the same spot, the same experience.
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 and yet it’s still a problem. Maybe it kind of goes away but as soon as you stop YOUR regime it returns, much the same. You keep trying other people but this is not going away. Do you ask “is this it for me”?
You use that spiky ball, the foam roller, stretch this, activate that…but it’s never enough! Nothing is ever enough.
What if I told you that the potential answer to your pain and frustration was available to be seen in the way you stand, walk and move. And if you learnt to move what is missing in your movement, that your body may respond in kind.
Maybe you have felt out of whack, out of balance, but just accepted it as your normal…justified it with schoolbags or shoulder bags, poor posture, genetic structure, your occupation. Maybe that’s what you have been told. It’s just the way it is. That’s just you.
That’s not our take. Keep reading.
These 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
You compensate somewhere for every little imbalance just to keep those eyes level.
Eventually it’s a case of too much compensation and you feel pain. Your pain is real.
How did it all start??
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 movement pattern that your body got used to…never returning to the pre-injury movement ability.
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.
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 do we help?
We 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 explore where the body feels safe from previous injury. The brain automatically learns this new movement, it wants to in fact. It’s easier than the old movement, 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.
AiM can be life-changing and it’s inspiring to watch people overcome pain.
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Dr Elise Fuller & Dr Katie Willy are qualified with this method called AiM (Anatomy in Motion). Our experience with many pains has enabled many to explore why their pain existed and experience movement to free their compensations. This process is liberating. It not only justifies your painful experience, it empowers you to be a major part of your success while we navigate the body map called the “Flow-Motion-Model”.