Freedom Within is a specialised Chronic Pain Clinic, based near Poole in Dorset, offering an integrative 3 layer approach to Chronic Pain. This educational, evidence based and self empowering approach will help you make sense of pain and feel more at home in your body.
What happens when we feel pain?
When a body part is injured, in an instant a message is sent to the brain and the brain responds. Its immediate response is to remove you from the source of danger and to protect the wounded body part. You feel this response as pain and you respond accordingly.
The brain will also initiate tissue repair. Healing usually takes two to three months and, over this time, pain will reduce and disappear.
Pain which does not disappear, or which 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.
By addressing fascial dysfunction and restoring mobility, symptoms will often subside. However, where chronic pain is concerned, there is another important piece to the puzzle, which means we need to dive deeper into your nervous system. That is where Chronic Pain Coaching and Emotional Processing come in.
Taking a holistic approach to resolving your pain
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.
As well as considering physical aspects of chronic pain, it is now recognised that it is also important to address the mind.
The goal is to supply your central nervous system with new information that facilitates change.
“Because we are complicated beings with a mind and a body that are inextricably connected”.
The key to success
Key to success is recognising that your symptom is not weakness or defeat. It’s is a message from your nervous system, telling you there is something that needs attending 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. For you, that could mean Myofascial Release, Chronic Pain Coaching, Emotional Processing or, as in most cases, a combination thereof. I am here to help you find the best approach to support your recovery.
This works with the connective tissue in our body called fascia.
Slow gentle pressure on the fascia results in the body releasing and reorganising itself.
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 a desk can result in upper back, neck and shoulder pain.
In fact, 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.
Scar Tissue Therapy
A gentle technique which helps scar tissue to re-integrate into the body.
This technique is called ScarWork and it reverse-engineers the damaged tissues – restoring function to muscles, nerves, and internal organs.
Chronic Pain Coaching
Explore and address the emotional factors involved in chronic pain.
Persistent pain can be attributed to the brain’s protective response to perceived danger. We explore this so the protective response (pain) is no longer required.
Disability and Neurological Conditions
A neurological condition is a problem associated with the central nervous system, namely the brain and spinal cord.
Natasha offers support with symptoms related to disability and neurological conditions. Examples include Spinal injury, MS, Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy and Fibromyalgia.
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.