Pain Understood. Solutions Created.
Your body is a complete, communicative unit – even when it’s in pain and/or locked into a particular shape. Your bony framework is linked together with joints, providing the potential for effective, efficient, comfortable movement.
Now whilst the subject of human biomechanics is endlessly complex, we can conceptualise it into elegant simplicity merely by swapping the word ‘joints’ for ‘doors’. If all those ‘doors’ throughout your body were wide open, you’d be collapsed to the floor with no integrity to your structural strength. On the other hand, if all your ‘doors’ were closed tight, you’d be rooted to the spot – all structural strength but no movement.
So we could describe our body movement as a synchronized, graceful dance of some doors opening, and some doors closing. When movement doesn’t look or feel ‘graceful’, ‘effortless’ or ‘fluid’ (and equally when chronic pain persists), we need to look structurally to see where some doors have had to stay ajar continually as a substitution for others that have become locked tight.
Your knee is a great example of this. It is a fairly simple and stable ‘door’, designed to bend and straighten and twist (a little) and bear more than your bodyweight when running and jumping. So why do knees seem to ‘break’ so often? Your knee is at the mercy of whatever the top of the thigh bone is doing in the hip socket and equally what the shin bones are doing relative to your ankle. Working down, you then have to consider what the thirty-three ‘doors’ in the foot are up to in their 3-dimensions of movement relative to the ankle, and correlate that to the knee.
Working up, you need to scrutinize how the 3D pelvis is moving relative to the 3D spine … to the 3D skull … to the 3D shoulder blades … to the 3D arms … all the ‘doors’ having knock-on effects on all other ‘doors’. The permutations aren’t endless, but are at least in the thousands.
So is your foot, ankle, knee, hip, back, neck, shoulder, chest, elbow, wrist pain really a problem with your foot, ankle, knee, hip, back, neck, shoulder, chest, elbow or wrist? Or is it simply the end result of problems elsewhere? If normal healing time has passed and you’re still having issues, logic would suggest that it could be a symptom rather than the problem.
“Use movement to inspire change from within, rather than inflict change from the outside” Gary Ward.
My work as a posture and movement analyst and coach involves looking at the structural dance of all your ‘doors’; sleuthing around ‘endlessly open versus endlessly closed doors’ which tell the story of why you are moving in ‘that way’, or why you became injured for no obvious reason, or keep getting injured or are in chronic pain.
I leave no stone unturned. I find out how well each of the ‘doors’ in your spine move, relative to your pelvis, relative to your legs, relative to your feet, in all of their (mostly) THREE dimensions, simultaneously and whilst you’re moving – objectively.
Then, armed with all this information – with the goal being to re-connect effective, efficient, comfortable movement by sharing the work load throughout all ‘doors’.
When you come, expect to have fun … the biomechanics of your body is NEVER dull!
“I really wanted to say a massive thank you for last Friday’s session. I have to say, as a fellow healthcare professional, your passion, enthusiasm, knowledge, experience, expertise, clinical application etc etc is absolutely phenomenal. I was completely blown away. You know more about feet and ankles, gait & human motion than most of the orthopaedic surgeons I work with – including me. You made sense of my lifelong injury issues and have given me real hope that I will, one day, run distance again without fear of injury or days of pain afterwards. So thanks a million for the session last week, the detailed assessment/instructions and the ugly pictures of my horrible spine. I will be a better patient from now on and I WILL cross the line in Majorca next September. But I realise now, more than ever before, that I will need your help and advice.”
“Thank you so much for all your time and effort on Thursday night, I really appreciate it. I was really impressed with you and your machine and all that it can offer. The information that it can help to produce with regards to static and dynamic movement is mind blowing and coupled with your knowledge and experience you are a formidable team. I look forward to coming back and seeing the changes and I would love to complete the osteopathy challenge that we discussed”
“Thanks so much for the extra time and effort you spent with me on Saturday. My brain was buzzing with info after the 2 hours! You have certainly given me hope that I can get out of this injury running rut. It’s been my ‘dark hole’ in triathlons for the past few years. I’ve been on your website, but got so caught up in reading about your Ironman blogs I didn’t get around to the rest! You had me in fits of laughter, I think you should get this all into a book at some stage.”
“thanks Helen for your energy and for making me laugh with the names for the exercises! I really knew i’d done them when i woke this morning which is a nice feeling! I also ran today and for the first time in ages i had no real pain. I’m completely indebted to you for putting me back on the right track and couldn’t be more grateful! Looking forward to reading the book but for now have a magic Christmas and new year and thanks again for all your support so far!”
“Friday was brilliant. I arrived full of piriformis woe and left feeling fantastic – thank you for fixing me! WujWums are the best running preparation I’ve ever done. Everything feels lovely after doing them and it’s amazing how many running-related niggles they help prevent. By the way – calling one of them ‘I’m lunging but I want to be a ballerina’ is brilliant – it makes it so easy to remember what to do.”