NAVIGATING YOUR BODY

It is known that increasing your knowledge of your pain, injury and movement patterns will help you HEAL.

 

The first step is understanding your injury. You may need to consult your trusted Doctor or Physiotherapist who should be able to point you in the direction for appropriate tests that are available in your area. Your health care professional should be up to date with current science research.
Then choose a therapy that makes the most sense to you, so your brain can be put to work in assisting the healing process of your body.

 

Below is useful science based information that will further your knowledge and understanding about your body.

INTERESTING READS

How does the brain makes pain?

All pain is real, and for many people it is a debilitating part of everyday life.
"Pain exists when the credible evidence of danger outweighs the credible evidence of safety. Pain will not exist when the credible evidence of safety outweighs the credible evidence of danger."

Theory of Emotion

Everyone should read this!
Scientists have long assumed that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. ... Leading the charge is psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, whose theory of emotion is driving a deeper understanding of the mind and brain.

The role of the brain when we sleep

The book provides a complete description of, and prescription for, sleep. It answers critical questions about sleep.
How sleep enhances learning, increase performance and improves your memory. Health effects due to lack of sleep and societies trends towards sleep. Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime?

The Art Of Breathing

Mindfulness is a powerful painkiller that can dramatically enhance quality of life in chronic pain sufferers, suggests new research.
Here you will find tonnes or articles and science based information about how and why mindfulness works through meditation. Increasing your focus and attention, decreasing your anxiety and stress, improving your lifestyle and career.

When The Body Says NO

A renowned speaker, and author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens people towards their own healing and empower those around them.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR ANATOMY

What The Foot

Foot Mechanics -  This is a never ending topic of discussion because there are so many modalities with different backgrounds of knowledge. Gary Wards research is one that resonates with me the most because he comes from the ski industry as a boot fitter and his methods are widely used amongst practitioners a like. Understanding your movement in gate is an individual experience, its a felt sense, an unwinding of habits.

The Sacred Psoas

Ida Rolf among others like Liz Koch and Robert Schleip refer to the posts as the muscle of the 'soul' because it lies so close to the spine, your nerve ganglion of your lumbar plexus and parallel to your internal viscera, and finally attaching to the great body mover called your leg. Movement and mobilising these structures, biologically, can have a profound effect on the mind and body through its neurological connections.

Anatomy Of The Human Spine

Your spinal disc is a living adaptable force transducer that joints your vertebrae together, its has a huge amount of strong ligaments. You can damage it but it repairs, you can't 'slip' it. The use of medical terminology is important in our pain experience. Studies have been made where the use of visualisation of joints becoming longer, like a traction, has significantly reduced peoples pain. It helps to understand that tissue damage does not determine how much pain you have.

RESEARCH ARTICLES

New insights on pain neuroscience

Research has found that the brain can not determine how much damage there is in the tissues. Dr Tasha Stanton, Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia, talks about bodily illusions and how our experience of pain can be moderated by the senses. Another great addition to understanding how the body makes pain.

What is carpal tunnel?

Your carpal tunnel is one component of a whole system: the median nerve travels from your neck, through the shoulder, down the arm to the wrist and hand. Also too be considered is your thoracic and its visceral content. There is a growing body of research demonstrating that patients with CTS have a generalised disturbance of somatosensory function.

Complex regional pain syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome is a chronic (lasting greater than six months) pain condition that most often affects one limb (arm, leg, hand, or foot) usually after an injury. Believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems.

Scoliosis and a tethered spinal cord

Tethered Cord (TC) is a disorder in which the spinal cord is "stuck" to a structure within the spine such as dura, scar tissue from a previous operation, a bony spicule, a tumor or develops in utero.
Scoliosis may be the first symptom of the tethered spinal cord. Tethered cord syndrome (TCS) is a progressive clinical entity that arises from abnormal spinal cord tension.

Research and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic health condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness in the body.
People living with fibromyalgia experience extreme pain and fatigue among other symptoms. There is on going research into the role of the nervous system in Fibromyalgia.