Assessment: Let’s Put the Balance Back into Our Clients!

May 30, 2011 No Comments

Balancing the body, through the core, is one of the most effective ways to ease painful symptoms and conditions anywhere in the client’s body.   I emphasize “anywhere” because most issues arise from the core or, in other words, the center.  When the center/core is not in balance, such as a high ilium on one side, a posterior tilt of the pelvis, SI upslip, rotated L3 to the left, or any other issue associated with the hip and low back, then the rest of the body has no other choice but to follow the instability.

Why is this?

I’ll give an example.

When the pelvis is out of balance, it can, over time, slightly twist, turn, or pull, the lumbar vertebra.  As the vertebra in the lumbar spine turn one way, the vertebra in the thoracic spine can turn the opposite way in order to balance out the instability and keep the body standing in an upright, functioning position.  The body sees this as a way to cope with the change in the core, however, what comes with this “coping” mechanism is a slight or major discomfort in the body, such as, chronic headaches, low back pain, upper back pain, frozen shoulder, rib subluxations, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, and a myriad of other aches, pains, and discomforts.

Getting the core back into balance, which may take a few to several sessions (keep in mind that everyone’s different), can alleviate most, if not all, of the symptoms listed above.

How do you do that?

  • Assessment of the core (lumbar and pelvis region)
  • Releasing the musculo-skeletal issues you found in the assessment
  • Re-assessment to see if stability has occurred

Assessing the body is key in order for you to find the source of the issue.  Assessment finds the specific structures that are out of place, which tells you why the client is feeling so much pain in a given area or given areas.

Assessment of the body is too detailed for me to explain in this single blog, but check back ever so often.  This website, www.iamassage.com, will have helpful blogs teaching specific assessments, giving tid bits on advanced techniques that are used after assessment of the body and how to release all of those issues that your client’s may come in with each and every week.

I’ll see you soon.

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