Simplicity in Neuromuscular Therapy

by Peter on May 20, 2010

This was not originally what I was going to post this week but seeing a patient yesterday gave me insight to something I’d like to share. It’s a little thing but made a huge difference in my patient’s pain, movement, gait, and general tension.

A bit of history. This 55 years old woman first came to see me in February ’10 complaining of back spasm and pain. After a few visits we had her pelvis back to the proper angles (see pelvic angles) and the back pain was gone.

This woman is also a runner, and we decided to continue some work on her upper body posture, namely neck and shoulders. Yesterday I  decided to watch her running gait, as this is one of her passions. So off she ran down the hall, back and forth. But a problem became immediately evident.

The amount of technology that is available to us these days is astounding, and I love technology! (oh please iPad arrive soon). Also the amount of information, studies, journals, techniques and general health related information comes at us at a tremendous rate. I try to keep up with it every day, take the stuff I can apply in my practice with my patients and pass on the other. Many of you will know this if you follow me on Twitter.  Amid of of this I adhere to my work/practice mnemonic;

F – focus
A – accountability
S – simplicity
T – trust

Which brings me back to yesterday and the S – simplicity. It was quite obvious that when my patient ran her hands were pronated. The simple act of turning her hands so her thumbs were pointing up, towards the sky resulted in her elbows more relaxed by her side, her shoulders moved in a more relaxed way, and tension disappeared in her traps and periscapular muscles. And she felt all of this right away.

This hasn’t changed the world in any way. Yet this patient said “with all the technology I can remember ‘thumbs up’. She left the office thrilled and excited about her posture getting better and her new ‘thought’ when running. And I was left in the office with a warm fuzzy feeling, knowing that the little things, the little observation, the little suggestion, and a little neuromuscular therapy had made a difference, only if it’s one person at a time. Simplicity.

In Health,

Peter Roach, RMT, CNMT, Laser Therapist

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