There are some common misconceptions about how to deal with pain, restricted motion, and tenderness in the body. Most people's first and only reaction is to resist it. To try to make it go the way it doesn't want to go. To try to “ break apart the scar tissue” to free whatever feels stuck. This approach has a place, but not in isolation, because the body exists in a state of balanced tension. Consequently, restrictions in the body can act like Chinese finger traps.
Where when you resist them they double down on the strength with which they hold their position. Just like when you try to pull your fingers out of a Chinese finger trap, or open a drawer that is jammed. To undo these restrictions we need to work with the body to get it to let go on its own, not force it. An analogy for this approach is how one would help a friend who had a long-term relationship end before they were ready for it to be over. One would probably not be very successful if they simply try to distract their friend from the thoughts and feelings they were having, telling them they needed to move on and find someone new. Instead they should sit down and listen to their friend, let them share their thoughts and feelings, and guide them away from self-doubt, hopelessness, self-pity, resentment, etc. Once their friend fully felt their feelings and processed their thinking, they would let go of the attachment to that relationship on their own and move on. So, with this “ indirect” approach, we are positioning the body in such a way that allows it to let go of the restrictions. This is a commonly used approach within Osteopathy. Then the balance created by the connectivity of all of the normal tissues will bring the restricted element back into its normal position. Every individual element of the body only has a position relative to every other element, and the connectivity of every element to every other element is what creates each elements individual position. To schedule an appointment of treatment with Dr. Starsiak, Call us.