Arnold Askew - Understanding & Transforming Chronic Pain

Dates TBA 

14 CEUs

In this course we will look at the latest scientific research into chronic pain and the

clinical therapies that have proven effective. We’ll also see how this research has

led to identifying other “unrelated” types of chronic pain. This differentiation

allows us for the first time to break the term “chronic pain” into sub-sets which can

be studied in more detail. It also gives us the ability to observe what type of

chronic pain responds best to what kind of therapy.

With these new classifications we’ll build a working model for identifying and

treating the complexities that chronic pain presents. We’ll particularly look at the

proven role Somatic Education plays in changing patterns of dysfunction.

Specifically, we’ll use awareness-based touch and movement to awaken

proprioceptive centers stimulating new neurological activity. New neurological

activity, accompanied with awareness is the key to turning around persistent

chronic pain.

Along with the above insights, this is very much a hands-on class. Emphasis will

be placed on the joints of the spine, ribs, and pelvis as the foundational structures

of mobility, balance, and health. We will explore how to palpate and assess the

relative health of these complex joints. We will look at how the curves and spirals

of the spine affect each other and what areas of dysfunction feel like. Strategies

will be explored that encourage easier, less encumbered movement throughout the

length of the spine.

A variety of injuries, pathologies, and conditions (especially of the spine, ribs, and

pelvis) will also be addressed. Lastly, we will look at how to bring our clients into

a healthier relationship with their own healing. In this way we can help clients

become more secure and autonomous in their own recovery and living with

whatever conditions may be a part of their lives.

Please wear clothing that doesn’t restrict movement. Also bring a mat or blanket

for explorations in experiential anatomy to be done on the floor.

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