A patient who had been trying different therapies and procedures finds that holding off on the problem area, and focusing on guided meditation could better facilitate healing.
I would like to share with you an experience from a client that shows how sometimes, helping the mind enter into a deep state of relaxation can help the body better recover.
Currently I am seeing a client with a “frozen shoulder“, also known as adhesive capsulitis. Her case includes a torn rotator cuff and difficulties in her mobility and strength, and extreme pain as a result. But what she has is much more than a frozen shoulder. Dealing with this significant pain has caused her immense emotional anguish over the past year and a half. Prior therapies and procedures have not helped.
The first thing I told her was that I was going to leave her left shoulder alone. No stretching, no manual therapy, no mobilization. Instead, using different strategies based on research suggesting connections between the body and mind, I had her try a combination of guided meditation with massage during our sessions. This has allowed her to be treated without fear of even more pain and emotional distress. Frequently, patients anticipate that therapy will hurt; and so by taking the focus away from the problem area, the mind can relax, giving room for healing.
After four visits, she reported a positive change in her emotional state. She reported more control of her stress by having learned to be less reactive to triggers in the real world. This has translated into a deeper state of relaxation in session, which helps her control both her pain and stress level.
By calming down her sympathetic nervous system (responsible for the fight or flight response), she is much less tense emotionally, and physically. She now feels more in control of her destiny and has now started strengthening her shoulder which, until now, she could not even imagine doing.