Freedom Within is a specialised Chronic Pain Clinic based near Poole in Dorset offering an integrative approach to Chronic Pain Relief – integrating Soft Tissue Therapy with Neuro Health Coaching – an educational, evidence based and self empowering approach to help you make sense of pain and feel at home in your body.
What happens when we feel pain?
When one suffers an injury, in an instant a message is sent to the brain and the brain responds. One of the brain’s immediate responses will be to remove you from the source of injury / danger and to protect the wounded body part. This response is felt as pain.
Another response will be to initiate repair. Tissue repair is usually complete within two to three months and, over this time, pain will reduce and disappear.
Pain which does not disappear, or which often recurs, is known as chronic pain.
Chronic pain can be associated with scars and fibrosis, adhesions, densification, trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome. These factors can be addressed using hands on treatment approaches such as Massage, Myofascial Release and Scar Tissue Therapy.
Taking a holistic approach to resolving your pain
As well as considering the physical causes of chronic pain, it is now recognised that it is also important to address the mind.
Chronic pain is very real but it is also subjective.
The brain and nervous system can become oversensitive and over protective.
As a result, the stress response takes over and you end up in a vicious cycle of symptoms.
With all of my treatment approaches, the goal is to supply your central nervous system with new information that allows for change.
Key to success is the recognition that your dysfunction / symptom is not weakness or defeat, it is a lesson. Your body is telling you there is something that needs to be attended to. This important change in perspective creates a partnership between us; it moves you from being a passive recipient of a therapeutic intervention, to an empowered, self aware, active participant in your own well being.
It is important to first seek guidance from your GP for chronic and/or complex issues if your issue has not been diagnosed or investigated.
This works with the connective tissue in our body called fascia.
Fascia is a 3D soft tissue matrix which supports, protects, and infuses every other tissue and the organs of the body.
When slow gentle pressure is applied to the body using fascial release techniques, this 3D matrix responds by releasing and reorganising itself throughout the body.
Addressing the fascial system and supplying the central nervous system with new information (awareness) facilitates change at the deepest level.
Particularly beneficial for stress or tension related pain.
Lifestyle factors such as poor posture and sitting at an office desk can result in upper back, neck and shoulder pain however stress of any kind will cause the body to tighten up and this can eventually manifest in the body as pain, illness or dis-ease.
Natasha also offers support with symptoms related to disability and neurological conditions
Natasha also works with symptoms related to fibromyalgia which is characterised by widespread chronic pain and appears to result from processes in the central nervous system.
Scar Tissue Therapy
A light and gentle technique. The aim to re-integrate scar tissue into the 3D soft tissue matrix of the body.
This technique is called ScarWork. It reverse-engineers the damaged fascia of the scar – restoring function to muscles, nerves, and internal organs.
Natural and surgical scars of any age respond immediately followed by a short period of rapid healing and continued improvement.
Neuro Health Coaching
Neuro Health Coaching can be used to help you explore and address the emotional factors involved in chronic pain.
Where red flags have been ruled out, persistent pain can be attributed to the brain’s protective response to a perceived danger; the ‘danger’ could be repressed/unresolved emotions such as anger’ and / or high or chronically high stress levels.
By attending to the perceived danger, the protective response (pain) is no longer required.
Broadstone Physiotherapy Clinic
24 Story Lane
If you are unable to travel to the clinic please contact me to discuss whether a home visit would be appropriate.