The hip bone is connected to the shoulder bone. Really it is.
Your entire body is connected head to toe by a matrix of tissue that supports and holds muscles and organs in place. Because of this, a problem in one area can produce symptoms in a very distant area. Our approach to seeing the body as a whole is what sets us apart. In our experience the painful area is generally not the problem, and so treating just this area will likely only provide temporary relief. This is not seeing the forest for the trees. We often see clients who have had the symptomatic area treated repeatedly without success – barking up the wrong tree. Following our assessment, attention is often drawn to another area of the body for which the symptomatic area is merely compensating. Treating the real problem area relieves the symptoms permanently, allowing you to get back to doing the things you love.
For example, we have seen many runners who suffer from shin splints. This is a painful inflammation in the muscles in the front of the lower leg. This is often treated with ice, ultrasound, and stretching of the painful muscles, but does it make sense just to treat the overworking shin muscles without questioning why they are overworking in the first place? In these cases, when we step back and take a broader focus we almost always find that the gluteal muscles (in the buttocks), which are big powerful muscles meant to drive you forward as you run, aren’t working properly. It is only through getting better activity in the gluteal muscles that the pain in the small and not so powerful shin muscles will be resolved permanently.
If you have a nagging injury that has not resolved with previous treatment aimed at the painful area, now you know why. We can help.
The M.A.P. Approach
Our approach developed from a belief that the whole is exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, but at the same time every individual part is critical in the functioning of the whole. Without the uniqueness of every single tree, the forest would not be the same.
We step back and look at how your body moves as a whole, regardless of where the current pain or dysfunction is. This allows us to see the big picture of how everything is working (or not working) together. It is only through looking at the big picture that we can see where the true problem lies, and it is never in the area screaming at you.
There is a certain order to everything in nature. Nothing is random and something that affects one type of plant or organism can change an entire ecosystem. There is also an optimal order to things in your body. When one part is out of alignment it affects every single other part of you on some level. We work through hands-on treatment to restore balance in your whole being.
When the forest and the trees are no longer at odds, the system performs optimally. This results in alleviation of pain and dysfunction, and can also prevent future problems. Whether optimal performance for you means shaving three minutes off of your personal best on a 10km race or simply getting up out of a chair independently, we are here to help you get there.