Some of you may know that I’ve been involved in my own independent research now for the last 14 years. It involves the development of a system (aimed at manual therapists and body workers but not exclusive to that population) that perpetually minimises the accumulation of physical stress on the body. It allows your body to heal and redress functional and structural dysfunctions all through natural processes. It enables you to restore your vitality, reduces overall pain and gives you back the hope that your body will not ‘fail’ due to the physical demands of your work and lifestyle.
I’m cutting straight to the chase here; working as a physiotherapist or manual therapist can be really taxing on our bodies! Let’s face it, we are using our bodies as our main vehicle to deliver our work and for most of us have done it 8 hours a day, five days a week for years. As I’ve discovered and other colleagues I’ve spoken with this is not a sustainable pattern. It’s no wonder by the time we reach our (I say ‘our’ because I’m old!) double-figured years of service we’re completely knackered! Spent out! Looking for other options to be less ‘hands on’; consulting, management, or maybe even changing careers completely. ‘Get out whilst you can!’ might be the battle cry in your mind! And of course this might be part of a lifestyle choice. However if the driving force for those choices is one that recognises the body failing faster than you’d like because of your job, then this is a very sobering scenario. Wouldn’t it be useful to know you could continue to really enjoy what you do but not at the expense of your own health? Could this go some way to address the worry and cost of keeping well in your manual therapy work?
Do you know what I mean or ever been in a situation that is both wonderful, inspiring and yet one of the most challenging and difficult experiences you have gone through? I’ve just had one of those this weekend. And no I didn’t just go for ‘that’ million dollar job interview; neither did I complete a near-impossible 20-mile obstacle course in the hard, driving rain and cold! I took part in a business workshop designed to give you the tools to maximise your business outcomes and ‘Shift’ your mind-set and approaches. Well that’s not so bad after all one might think. But for me the intensity, the pace with which we were driven to make decisions and digest the masses of content to get the desired results really was a recipe for either making you quite sick or if you’re lucky, that bit stronger.
Recently I’ve had a string of clients who have come to me with issues that don’t normally fit into the musculoskeletal physio’s lexicon of conditions to treat, ranging from panic attacks, insomnia and a vague diagnosis of prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate) and chronic inflammation of the bladder. In all cases, what was common to each of them was the fact that they all experienced an increased amount of stress either from the ‘condition’ itself or the fact that they were so anxious for a diagnosis to explain their symptoms that they over-dosed on information on the internet searching desperately for answers.
Well what a show! It’s been a slow walk back home from the Fourth Fascia Research Congress in Washington DC but what a show! This congress may have been the best attended yet, with over 800 delegates attending over the 3 days, it was a hub of busying clinicians, scientists, movement practitioners and researchers all hustling together in a buzz of intellectual and practice-lead conversations.