PAIN VERSUS FUNCTION
The difference between pain (effects) and function (clues to underlying causes).
PAIN: Is the END EFFECT of an underlying pattern of dysfunction and usually occurs in the tissues which are stressed (overloaded , stretched or compressed).
The structures which are painful are simply stressed but may actually be functioning (i.e. coping) – at least until they have a ‘breakdown’ (at which point they may need emergency care to get them back to ‘coping’ once again).
BUT – WHAT IS CAUSING THE STRESS IN THE FIRST PLACE? Why are the painful structures under load? This is where function comes into play.
FUNCTION: The answer to this “why” has more to do with other things going on in our lives. Often elsewhere, being mentally, emotionally, energetically, environmentally, socially or nutritionally etc.
The physical effects often located in other or distant areas from the site of pain) – which are DYS-FUNCTIONAL (but not always symptomatic) placing load upon the symptomatic tissues, setting them by placing them under stress, or otherwise interfering with (slowing) the natural healing process.
Thus – the underlying PATTERNS of DYS-FUNCTION which are more important to identify address if we expect to achieve long lasting results from any treatment or self-healing work.
This has particular benefit in helping those with complicated and chronic health issues which I am passionate about. In these cases there is always a lot more going on than merely the tissues causing pain.
Treating symptomatically is like mowing the lawns without pulling up the weeds – whereas identifying the underlying problem patterns is like noticing both the healthy and weedy areas and then pulling up the (primary) weeds (roots and all) and planting healthy seeds (or habits) in their place.
This means a person not only potentially clears their symptoms but they also improve long term inner well-being and health (by learning how to feed the flower of health and starve the weed of disease – so to speak and thus get healthier).
If anyone has any questions or wants to learn more on how to start the healing process please contact the clinic to find out more.
OSTEOPATH, FERNY CREEK