A partial list of disorders for which Hanna Somatic Education is a good solution appears below. Click a title to see the approach used to address each. These disorders typically resolve completely or very substantially improve for the long term within a few sessions.
Satisfactory results are backed by a money-back guarantee.
Hanna Somatic Educators identify persistent muscular tension patterns that cause pain (disorders listed below) and then correct them using the Pandiculation Technique and other somatic education techniques.
We can usually predict accurately the number of sessions needed to solve a pain condition, typically fewer than ten.
This process involves a 50%-50% active participation with client and practitioner during sessions.
Click bulleted items below for answers to key questions about Somatics:
EXPLANATIONS OF VARIOUS CONDITIONS of DYSFUNCTION
from THE PERSPECTIVE OF CLINICAL SOMATIC EDUCATION
Adhesive Capsulitis/Frozen Shoulder
Often associated with ""frozen" joints. Possible misdiagnosis: there may be no adhesions. Instead, muscles affecting bone movement may be contracted, restricting movement and creating pain. Such misdiagnosis is common for frozen shoulders, which are the loosest joints, with the greatest slack, in the body.
Back pain is common in industrialized societies because of nervous tension associated with the "clock and deadline" way of life. The stresses of being "on the go," of producing results, meeting deadlines, multi-tasking and other demands of that way of life add to accumulated nervous tension, affect the muscles of the back of the body, and produce muscle fatigue and soreness. Then, a minor additional demand on those muscles, such as those of leaning over, is sometimes sufficient to trigger a back spasm. Disk degeneration and sciatica sometimes follow, also the result of muscle tension and spine overcompression. Somatic education brings muscle function back into the normal range. (to article)
Tight hamstrings interfere with foot position. By turning the lower legs at the knee, they cause the feet to roll in or out, causing poor contact of the feet with the ground: unstable foundation. Unevenly tight trunk muscles induce a postural side-tilt that displaces weight to one side, leading to a state of chronic imbalance. Tight neck muscles interfere with proper head carriage and movement, distorting the sensations provided by the balance centers of the inner ear. One or more may "conspire" together to create balance problems (To article) See Dizziness
Caused by excessive neck tension and off-center head position.
The eyes, balance centers of the inner ears, and muscles of the neck are connected via brain-level reflexes controlled at the brain stem. The muscles of the neck move the head; the balance centers of the inner ear sense head movement. The eyes move with head movement to continue tracking whatever is being looked at. The brain coordinates these movements.
When the head is off-center, the brain senses the situation and attempts to maintain head-balance by means of muscular actions (corrective movements). When neck tension is excessive, however, the brain's corrective response is also excessive, which causes above-normal movements of the eyes, which creates excessive feedback to the brainstem (the sensations of movement). (Have you ever experienced the sensations of movement while watching a film?) The combination of incorrect sensory feedback, motor over-correction, excessive eye movement and feedback to the brainstem creates a spinning sensation.
These sensations commonly abate immediately as neck tension relaxes and head movement and position normalizes.
Related to swayback (tight back muscles). A too-forward posture overburdens the front of the feet and calves. Tight foot muscles get tired and sore. The soft-tissue of the feet gets stretched and irritated. The key is to relax the muscles of the back (to end swayback).
Sometimes called "weak kidneys" or "overactive bladder." Tight abdominal muscles and floor of the pelvis reduce room for the bladder to expand, causing pressure to build up before the bladder is full. Sensors in the urethra report the pressure as fullness. Also, the sphincter muscles of the urethra become conditioned to a heightened state of tension by the frequent pressure, interfering with the ability to void the bladder. The involved muscular tensions must be normalized for normal filling and voiding to occur.
Causes what is sometimes called, "a pulled hamstring" (actually, there are three). Inability to relax hamstrings to extend to their full length: a conditioning problem signifying incomplete control (ability to relax and to freely use) that muscle group. The need to stretch hamstrings hamstrings always in partial contraction. The pain of hamstring pulls and their tendency to occur can be ended or reduced by somatic education. (to article)
Tension: habituated tension of the suboccipital neck muscles, which
pull upon the connective tissue that enwraps the skull.
Migraine: vascular. Chronic contraction of the deep neck musculature
along the sides and around the atlas (C1) may involve interference with the blood-pressure sensors in blood in the neck
vessels. In any case, headaches end as the tension level of these muscles normalizes. The same deep neck musculature pulls the upper vertebrae against the base of the cranium causing additional mechanical pain.
Sinus: sinuses drain through the lining of the throat. Then throat muscles are tight, draining is blocked by the tension of the lining. As those muscles relax, draining has been observed to start immediately. (to article).
Overcompression by tight muscles. Often, pain is misdiagnosed as coming from the joint, when it comes from the muscles that surround the joint. However, long-term overcompression of the joint by tight muscles leads to cartilage breakdown (thinning and loss). Bone-on-bone contact in the joint results, leading to joint-replacement surgery and to possible subsequent leg length difference and sciatica (see sciatica. The problem is a long-term consequence of tight waist muscles that prevent proper pelvic movement, leading to overworked (and overcontracted) joint muscles. (to article)
Overstimulated nervous system -- from chronic overwork, chronically excited disposition, anxiety, or other conditions -- prevent the natural drift into sleep. Somatic education can dispel or "down-regulate" that overstimulation. (to article)
Overcompression by tight muscles. One must develop natural control of the muscles that cross the troublesome joint. Look also for unbalanced weight-bearing due to postural distortions, which places excessive burden on the troublesome joint(s). (to article)
NOTE: If joint damage has occurred, muscles may contract to brace the unstable joint and not respond well to somatic education. That may be a job for a surgeon.
Short or overcontracted hamstrings contribute to knee pain by preventing the knee from straightening under the load of walking. Such overcontraction also predisposes to knee injuries by pulling on the meniscus of the knee or by causing grinding of the patella (kneecap) against the joint.
Chronic muscle pain nearly always comes from being too tight. If it persists past any reasonable healing period, it's not from an injury; it's from muscle fatigue. You can recondition your muscular control to able to relax, again. With relaxation, muscles get refreshed and comfortable, again.
The pain of overcontracted muscles makes people not want to exercise. Also, fat deposits often mask (and result from) chronic muscular contraction beneath the fat layer. Muscular contraction blocks circulation, allowing metabolic wastes, water (osmotically attracted), and fat to accumulate over long periods. Sporadic dieting and exercising are insufficient. By relaxing the musculature, comfort improves and exercise feels possible, again. As circulation improves, fat deposits tend to lessen by themselves, over time. Long-term dietary changes may be necessary.
Catch-all term for joint pain and inflammation. Often results from joint overcompression and disintegration due to muscles in contraction. If cartilage remains, may often be alleviated through somatic education -- first, by removing the pain of overcompression, then by natural healing of cartilage to occur. (to article)
A high percentage of chronic pain comes from muscular soreness due to over-fatigue. Chronically tight muscles develop a chronic "burn," experienced as body aches or mysterious pains. Muscles anywhere in the body may be involved. Tendons may also be overstretched (tendinitis) and bursae entrapped under tight tendons (bursitis)(to article)
Sometimes experienced by people receiving massage therapy, stretching, or chiropractic adjustments. Muscular tensions in areas not addressed by the therapy may increase and become painful. Forced relaxation (stretching) or postural shifts without a corresponding gain of muscular control sometimes trigger postural reflexes or protective muscular contractions. (to article)
Sometimes called "weak" psoas muscles (usually wrongly), this kind of pain originates from muscle fatigue of overcontracted psoas muscles, which run from the inner groin to the lumbar spine. Usually causing a top-forward pelvic tilt (excessive lumbar lordosis or curve) and a deep fold at the groin, tight psoas muscles cause low back fatigue, chronic constipation (explained in the entry linked, below) pelvic and "stomach" pain. Somatic training is usually sufficient to free contracted psoas muscles and to restore healthy function.
People sometimes misdiagnose S-I joint dysfunction as psoas muscle pain because symptoms of both may appear at the groin -- but psoas muscle contraction is a secondary effect of S-I joint dysfunction, not the primary cause of the pain. Attempts to relieve tight psoas without correcting S-I joint dysfunction may lead to rebound intensification of pain in the pelvis.
Pain in the region of the S-I joints may also result from excessive tension of the muscles of the low back, which are connected to soft-tissue in the sacro-iliac area. Such tension, in combination with buttock tension, can cause pain that mimics sacro-iliac pain.
The result of displacement of that joint from its well-seated position, typically by injury (a blow, hard fall, or repetitive twist-and-lift actions). Muscular contractions/excessive muscular tension of the muscles of the buttock responsible for leg rotation (toe-out or in) and uneven pulls by waist muscles, change the angle of the pelvis and forces going through the S-I joints, and so maintain the dysfunctional condition.
Relieved by first relieving the sacrum of compression forces that keep one sacroiliac joint jammed, then by normalizing muscle/movement memory related to the pelvis and pelvic structure, changing weight-bearing and tension patterns, which causes the sacrum to migrate back to its well-seated position and healthy movement patterns.
Distortion of spinal curves and rotation of ribs by muscular tensions or bone deformity.
Most commonly caused by muscular tensions following injury to the side of the trunk or to leg or hip ("functional scoliosis"). If injured during growth period, may lead to uneven bone growth and create permanent distortions of posture and movement. Bone deformity may result from genetic cause ("idiopathic scoliosis").
For scoliosis of muscular origin ("functional scoliosis") correction or complete improvement possible with somatic education. For scoliosis from bone deformity, improvements of movement and comfort are possible, but the scoliosis will remain.
A common accompaniment of back pain from stress and nervous tension, shoulder muscle pain may also result from the shock of an injury that prompts one to tighten up/reflexively guard the injury (e.g., a fall or broken bone). "Frozen Shoulder" is commonly misdiagnosed as resulting from adhesions, whereas it usually results from highly contracted muscles immobilizing arm movement at the joint. "Frozen Shoulder" commonly "unfreezes" as soon as muscular suppleness is restored (by means of somatic education), without need for addressing "adhesions".
Compression of the nerve to the shoulder by muscles in the neck creates sensation as if the shoulder were injured. The solution is to free the neck muscles and so to discompress the nerve by that means, rather than surgically.
The shoulder joint is designed to permit arm side-lift to 90 degrees (parallel to the ground). Further lifting requires the scapula (shoulder blade) to lift along with the arm. If muscles underneath the shoulder are tight, they prevent scapular movement, causing the humerus (upper arm bone) to jam into the joint, causing pain and cartilage damage (over time). The solution is to free the movement of the involved muscles (latissimus dorsi, pectoralis, serratus anterior).
A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that cushions a tendon. At the shoulder, if the muscles are tight, their tendons are taut and compress the bursa, causing bursitis. The solution is to free the movements of the related muscles. (to article)
Narrowing of the spinal canal, through which the spinal cord passes, commonly diagnosed as the cause of pain. Sometimes misdiagnosed, particularly when pain comes and goes. Pain that comes and goes does not come from a narrowing of the spinal canal, which remains constant in size even as the pain varies. It comes from changes of muscular tension along the spine, which may create temporary nerve entrapment or muscular pain. Such pain may also result from hip joint dysfunction, which can be corrected by means of somatic education, provided the cartilage of the joint is sufficiently intact.
Impingement of the brachial nerve plexus resulting from spasticity of muscles of the neck (scalenes) may create the feeling of one or both arms being "on fire". Can often be corrected by freeing the neck musculature of excessive muscular tension.
Tendons are straps or bands of tissue that extend from the ends of muscle and attach to bone. Tendons are passive and do not get tight by themselves; they get tight when their muscles tighten and shorten. Tendinitis (or tendinosis) occurs when a muscle stays tight for long periods, as when protective reflexes get activated by injury. Strain on the tendon and friction of the tendon with surrounding tissue irritate the tendon and lead to inflammation and pain: tendonitis.
The necessary solution is to recapture control of the involved muscles from the involuntary reflexes (via somatic education). Without that step, anti-inflammatory drugs (such as cortizone) provide only temporary and symptomatic relief, while the injurious condition continues.
Sometimes actual; often misdiagnosed (even when measured). Commonly results from leg retraction (pulling up and in), change of pelvic position, and compression of hip joint cartilage by tight muscles around the hip joint; sometimes indicates hip joint degeneration (loss of cartilage) over a long period of muscular hip joint compression. (to article)
Persistent pain and dizziness result from involuntary muscular contraction of neck muscles and from interference with postural maintenance of upright head position. Acute (intense, short-term) symptoms may indicate soft-tissue damage (see dizziness). (to article)