Injuries & Compensations
Most people often wonder what to expect during their 1 to 2 hour initial appointment, to many peoples’ surprise, it isn’t just a long discussion on diet and health, but is actually a very active treatment process as I assess old injuries and compensations that you have developed over the course of your life.
These compensations could be from recent events or could be from major accidents or trauma that happened years ago. We don’t know the exact details of how the body stores some of these compensations in its permanent memory, but we know that the subconscious mind maintains a memory of previous injuries. If these injuries aren’t treated properly at the time of the incident, then long term adaptations or compensations are developed.
These injuries and compensations that you develop are so important that they can cloud the clinical picture with so much static, that we are often unable to decipher what the body is really telling us. For example if you had a previous unresolved injury in your big toe, a few years later, this could be causing you shoulder pain. The shoulder pain is just the symptom, while the root cause lies in the big toe! By the time your shoulder starts hurting, it is likely that both your shoulder and your big toe need to be treated, but even if you could eliminate your shoulder pain through various therapies, most times it will return until the big toe is properly treated.
So during the first 2 hours of your initial visit, much of the time is spent doing an in-depth analysis of previous injuries and screening each individual for fundamental movement patterns that must be corrected prior to getting to the root problem. Also, as previous injury is the most likely cause of future injury, (think repeated ankle sprains) making sure the body isn’t compensating for an old injury is a great way to avoid future injury.
In another article I will expound upon the stress that a previous injury creates to the nervous system, but simply stated, it is enough to cause adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances and even create allergies and sensitivities.
Benefits of Injury Assessments
The body, brain and nervous system are constantly monitoring our environment and have to make decisions upon the information they receive. This is a basic survival mechanism. For example, if you were really hungry and then you fell down and broke your leg, you probably wouldn’t realize you were hungry anymore until your pain level was back to a normal level.
Likewise your brain, body and nervous system cannot focus on digestion, immune health or sexual reproduction if there are more imminent concerns that it feels are necessary for your own survival. If you think of infertility for example in this holistic way, it isn’t just a hormonal or related to female specific organs, but rather if your body is in survival mode, it has to put reproduction on the bottom of the list.
The average patient I see has 10-15 injuries that need to be treated before the body aligns properly. The technique I use for removing injuries is known as IRT. (Injury Recall Technique) To read some of the great results physicians are getting using IRT, click here.
By cleaning the muddy water created by compensations and injuries, patient symptoms more often align and this allows me to see the clinical picture more clearly.