Spinal Touch Therapy
Chronic Disorders of the Human Body, and
What is The Spinal Touch Technique?
The Complete Approach to Better Health
Spinal Touch is a powerful, unique and very effective light touch technique, for assessing and treating postural distortion at the body's centre of gravity. Where is the body's centre of gravity, I hear you ask? Well, you know that dull, or sometimes not so dull, ache you get in the base of your spine when you've carried heavy groceries or been out tending the garden for the day? Yes, that's right, you've found it!!
The sacrum/pelvis position and its relationship to the vertebral column are critical in enabling the body to function correctly in Earth's environment of constant gravity. Sudden or gradual stress and strain on the normal functioning of this relationship sets up an imbalance that distorts the body's posture through muscle contraction. Left uncorrected, this places a strain on the skeletal system, which in turn causes the body to lose its shape. Though often subtle, organ positions are also disturbed or subject to extra strain.
The way to reverse this trend of increasing strain and distortion is to encourage the muscles to relax and to rest. A relaxed muscle allows the body to return to its normal posture and a rested muscle allows all of the toxins that accumulated during the contraction phase to be released into the system for disposal.
Sounds ideal, but:
Who can benefit from Spinal Touch Treatments?
When we speak of the organs of the body, we are including all functions of the skeletal system, the muscular sytem, the nervous system, the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the sensory system, the urinary system and the reproductive system. Each system is dependent on every other system in the body organism to perform its function. When one part breaks down, it has an effect on the rest of the body systems, causing disruption to a greater or lesser extent.
I've treated many people with Spinal Touch since qualifying with the Bio-Mechanics Foundation, and with a high success ratio. Because Spinal Touch helps the body to relax, it improves health as a whole, even when a patient has come because of a specific problem.
Conditions which have been helped by Spinal Touch, include: ankylosing spondylitis, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, balance problems, digestive problems, fatigue, frozen shoulder, headache, insomnia, jaw problems, joint pain, kyphosis, lordosis, low energy and fatigue, menstrual problems, migraine, multiple sclerosis, neck pain, pins and needles, problems that occur as a result of pregnancy, recurrent infections, repetitive strain injury, scoliosis, sciatica, sinus problems, sports injuries, tennis elbow, tension, visual disturbances, whiplash injury and more.
This is a huge list, and some people will have several of these conditions going on at the same time. That's not surprising, though, is it? When you look at these problems and then compare their relationship and location to each other, to their neighbouring organs and the systems to which they belong, you begin to see how, like the "domino effect", postural distortion or pain can cause us to develop other symptoms, like neck pain. This gives rise to headaches and insomnia, then we introduce fatigue and anxiety, which sparks off back pain or asthma. Breathing difficulties cause muscles to strain around vital organs, and blood flow is impeded, this has an effect on the circulatory system and oxygenated blood is slow to reach and nourish other organs, or the digestive system. The inability to digest our food properly soon has an effect on the body's cell structure and our senses begin to suffer. We end up with visual disturbances, sinus problems and infections or disease.
The secret is to break the cycle somewhere along the chain. This is where Spinal Touch comes in. By correcting the distortions of the body that are caused by stress and strain, we allow the body to rest. Actually, we cause the muscles to rest, which is what triggers all this off in the first place. Once the body is allowed to relax sufficiently, it will start to heal itself.
What does a Spinal Touch Treatment Involve?
The first visit involves a look at a treatment chart and an explanation of exactly how Spinal Touch is performed. In both the postural assessment and treatment stages, Spinal Touch is known as the gentle and non-invasive treatment. The last thing I want is for you to worry about what you've let yourself in for. Then we take a look at your medical history to decide if Spinal Touch is the right treatment for you, or if there is any reason why it wouldn't be appropriate. Thankfully, there are very few reasons why a treatment should not go ahead, and the treatment is perfectly safe for very young children right up to the very elderly.
As a general rule, the treatment is given with you in your underwear. The reason for this will become clear in a minute, but gowns are provided for anyone who may be slightly embarassed.
You will be asked to stand next to a plumb-line for your initial postural assessment. Some discreet marks are made on various parts of your body using a skin pencil, to give us a frame of reference, firstly for the treatment, and secondly so that we can see exactly what effect the treatment had on you.
These marks are used to determine the variables that are part of your very individual treatment. Various quick and simple pre-tests of the proposed treatment ensure me that our assessment was accurate, and that we should proceed with the treatment. Then you will be asked to lie, face down, on a treatment couch for approximately 20 minutes.
Once in this position, you will be covered up and only those parts being worked will be uncovered at any one time. The practitioner applies a precise sequence of light pressure contacts, called 'rub outs' to the line of a hundred or so dots you first saw on the wall chart. (This is the moment when you wish you'd taken more notice of what I was explaining to you earlier on - ). These reflex points and muscle insertions cover the gluteals, the sacrum, the spine, shoulders, neck, back of the head, and the abdomen.
These specific areas of treatment guide the body toward postural correction and induce a state of profound relaxation. We know this state as the "Alpha State", or the "Healing State". A relaxed state encourages the release of muscular tension and pain.
Upon completion, if you can be bothered to get up by then, I ask you to return to the plumb-line so that we can compare your new posture to the original marks of your initial assessment. The effect of Spinal Touch is to guide the body to realign itself with its centre of gravity. This allows the skeletal structure to begin to move back to normal.
Most people feel an immediate change in themselves as muscles and cells relax. Normal blood flow, energy flow and oxygen are all increased into previously stressed areas of the body. In this way, curvature starts to disappear, humps flatten, muscles become softer and more relaxed, forward lean is brought back toward the upright, and the patient looks and feels taller, straighter and altogether more comfortable.
Responses to Spinal Touch will vary from patient to patient, but there always is one.
Strength of response can range from simple pain relief to a complete and quite rapid recovery depending on the original nature of the complaint. If your body has been distorted for a prolonged period of time, then it should not be the intention to perform a rapid recovery. The body took a long time to take on this distortion and it will not give it up readily or immediately. With persistence Spinal Touch can gradually retrain the body, and the mind, to take on a new, more comfortable position and once the body enjoys this new painfree way of being, will willingly accept it as the way forward. Once the mind is involved in this procedure, it is my experience that the treatment can hold for a considerable time.
I must point out here that Spinal Touch is not a miracle cure! I don't know why, I just feel I should make this clear, even though a minority of patients seem to think there should be a Eureka moment and the blind shall see, the deaf shall hear, etc. etc. etc.
I've always believed Healing is a process that the patient must be involved in, it is not something "done" to the patient. Patients that understand this concept show distinct and sustained improvement many times greater than those whose recovery is attributed solely to the contents of a drugs cabinet.
The Spinal Touch Treatment is a tremendously effective way to relax tensions and everyday stresses, and even when a patient regains perfectly normal health, it is a good idea for treatments to continue on an occasional basis to maintain good health.
If you've reached this page because you have one of my Spinal Touch business cards, I hope you found the information here useful. If your condition is bad enough, you may be thinking of coming to see me, and to that end, I would draw your attention to the contact page, where you will find an address and telephone number for just that purpose. Visit this page to find more information about Spinal Touch.
I very much look forward to seeing you at The Haven Healing Centre. Phil.
I am often asked if it is possible to do Spinal Touch on animals. Yes it is, and yes I do! Please click here to see my article about using
Spinal Touch on Animals.
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Philip Chave © 2004-
Note: Please be aware that Healing, distant or otherwise, does not take the place of conventional medicine. Always consult a GP for an acute or infectious condition, and problems of an urgent nature. Continue with your prescribed medication. Healing is a complementary therapy that works effectively alongside orthodox/conventional healthcare, thus expanding your treatment options.
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