The Patient Is Always… Wrong!

No really. It's physiological. The way we are wired up. Nothing personal!  

When I am a patient, I am always wrong as well. We think we know our bodies, but we get heavily filtered info. Your pain or ache is the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Like that engine shaped warning light on a car dashboard.

Pain just tells you something is wrong and roughly where it is happening.

Our spinal cord is a tension controlling supercomputer. It makes all the millions of adjustments needed to keep us in one piece and moving around. If we had to do this consciously, our thinking brain would be overwhelmed. Clogged up with the minutiae of physical functioning.

The top part of the brain needs to be free to think strategically. So the mechanics of movement must stay subconscious, deep in the spinal cord. This setup is fine when all is well, and movement is pain-free.

But when pain comes along we need to know why.
And what to do to make it better.

Pain on its own is not much help in this regard. It is just the warning light on our dashboard telling us something, somewhere is not quite right.We have no access to the details we need to resolve chronic pain.
So what's the answer?
Well, if it's your broken down car you need to get it plugged into a diagnostic computer at the garage.

But with your painful body, get connected to a pair of Osteopath's hands.

They serve a similar function.

Philip Hambly

Osteopath at the Osteopath Centre from 2008 till present