To help change the brain’s mind about pain through touch, we progressively introduce movements into the painful barrier in a way that makes them less painful.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
📍 Contract-relax techniques can make the nervous system less threatened by the movement … even if muscles aren’t permanently lengthening, trigger points aren’t being obliterated, fascia isn’t stretching, etc.
📍 By doing this repeatedly, the nervous system will often start to disassociate the movement from the pain.
Myoskeletal terminology credit @daltonmyoskeletal
I have experienced the positive benefits of Graded Exposure multiple times with my clients.
For example, when the client is side-lying as we work on tender lats & serratus, if they begin to move their arm (abduction & adduction) as I glide my forearm through the painful area, the discomfort begins to melt away.
If you are ready to melt away the pain, contact me to discuss how we may work well as a team to heal your body naturally.
Denise Fahrion is a passionate orthopedic massage therapist in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh serving Ross, McCandless, Wexford, Cranberry, Sewickley, Hampton, and Fox Chapel. She personally works toward and shares with her clients ways to become “Focused. Grounded. Balanced.” by taking a holistic approach to healing the body naturally.