What is The Padgen Method of Structural Functional Bodywork?
The Padgen Method of Structural Bodywork is a hybrid of Structural Integration, Craniosacral Therapy and Swedish Massage. Each session lengthens fascia, aligns the muscular skeletal system, decompresses the joints, unwinds the cranial membrane (RTM) and related structures; increasing circulation of fluids, blood, lymph, and cerebral spinal fluid restoring balance to the biodynamic, bioelectrical field.
You Do Not Have to Live in Pain!
Pain of all types and causes can be eliminated. The pain from injuries, suffered from impacts, auto accidents, abuse trauma, birth trauma, repetitive use syndromes, myofascial adhesions, excessive scar tissue, Carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, Thoracic outlet syndrome, rotator cuff, and shoulder pain can be lessened and in most cases eliminated.
Structural Bodywork can be effective in relief of soreness from overuse or over training. The work is very effective for structural pain in the feet (plantar fasciitis), lower leg pain (shin splints), knee strain, pelvic pain, sciatica, lumbar and lower back pain, pain in the Cervical spine, and reproduction and infertility issues. The work is a very effective treatment for post surgical knee or hip replacement, shoulder and rotator cuff replacement, post dental pain, migraines, cluster headaches, and Temporomandibular joint pain (T.M.J.D).
Structural Bodywork can assist in underuse syndromes, tenderness, and pain from lack of or limited movement, poor circulation, stomach and digestion problems.
Healing The Symptom and Treating The Cause.
Structural Bodywork is effective in the reduction of stress: mental, physical, and emotional; feeling of depression, lethargy, apathetic, or feeling of low energy and fatigue. Structural Bodywork restores vitality and increases energy. Many experience a sense of feeling lighter, loser and longer; as well as increased clarity.
“Stress is gravity’s effect on a random structure."
Healing and the healing process is a very personal experience. Over the years I have witnessed diverse approaches to healing. One common root cause of the lack of health is
The feeling of being “stressed out” is an expression of imbalance. Stress manifests in mental, physical, and emotional symptoms.
How can Structural Bodywork Help?
Osteopathic/Chiropractic treatment changes the way the bones of the body relate to each other; freeing obstructions between joints, and thereby improving well-being. This is easy to understand in an injury caused by a traumatic impact.
"Structure Dictates Function, Function Dictates Structure"
The simple mechanics of the situation dictates that if a rib is out of place, breathing will be difficult. When the rib is put in its proper position, breathing will be easier. Osteopathic/Chiropractic works directly with the bony structure throughout the body.
Similarly, Structural Bodyworkers' seek to enhance function by changing structure, but it differs from Osteopathic/Chiropractic in two important respects. A Structural Bodyworker can see that the bones are held in place by soft tissue, muscle, ligaments, tendons, etc. If a muscle is chronically short, it will pull the attached bone out of balance. Repositioning the bone is not enough; the individual muscle and allied tissue must be lengthened if the change is to be permanent. In addition, when one part is in trouble, the body as a whole gets out of balance.
This is easy to understand in a static structure, such as a house. For example, if a door doesn't swing true or close properly, it really isn't enough to re-hang the door. In order to balance the door permanently, it would be better to look at the symmetry of the foundation. Structures must be balanced as a whole; this is true of living structures as it is with non-living houses, buildings, and bridges.
When fascia shortens creating an imbalance, the whole structure is compromised. The space between joints narrow creating limited fluid exchange. Soft tissue needs a continuous exchange of oxygenated blood going in, and waste removed. The intervertebral discs of the spine rely on circulation to maintain its tough and flexible cartilage.
When joint space is narrowed or the nerve is impinged between soft tissue layers, or hard tissue (bone) causing pain; the tissue contracts. The body overreacts to brace itself; contracting and narrowing continues. For example, the soft tissue spacer or vertebral disc in the spine bulges pushing on the lumbar nerve; if the pressure is not relieved then the disc may rupture which demands surgical intervention.
The Padgen Method of Structural Functional Bodywork lengthens fascia envelopes which will restore the space between structures. The work aligns the muscular skeletal system restoring balance to the structures, decompresses joints, unwinds the related tissue reducing stress, increasing circulation of fluids, blood, lymph, and cerebral spinal fluid; breaking the loop of chronic shorting and chronic pain.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a tough connective tissue, Dr. Rolf calls this the "organ of structure, or organ support" a three-dimensional web continuous from head to foot. There is a viscoelastic quality to these layers which reduces friction and allows muscle and bone to glide over one another as the body flexes and extends in every movement. Muscles and bones are organized and supported in the web; as are all the elements that make up a human body. With trauma, structural misalignment or inflammation can create a binding down of fascia; resulting in excessive pressure on the nerves, muscles, blood vessels, osseous structures, and or organs. Many of the standard tests such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, and electromyography do not show the fascial problems, therefore a high percentage of fascial problems go undiagnosed.
You Are Not Alone!
Statistics make it clear that lower back pain for example, is a major cause of distress in the Western world by age thirty. Approximately 90% of western humanity has experienced at least one acutely painful and debilitating episode of lower-back pain. In the United States, 60 million people suffer from back pain, with one in five experiencing back pain during any given two-week period. Forty-five million working days are lost each year because of back pain, and $2.4 billion (1988 dollars) are spent on temporary measures, pain killers and muscle relaxants which help but do not address the root cause; and in most cases mask the pain, the very signal that there is something going on and without properly being addressed will result with more of the same.
What to Expect From a Session.
The session begins with short interview questions about the symptoms you are experiencing. A brief oral medical history and any information you may think relative to the session is exchanged; all personal information is kept confidential. There is a visual assessment; viewing the client standing. Recommended viewing clothing: a modest two piece swim suit for women, or running shorts and sports bra, and briefs or boxer briefs for men. Viewing while standing allows the therapist to see how gravity is affecting the structure. The client gives feedback on how they feel in regards to the balance and body weight upon their feet. After the session we return to a standing position and compare the results of the session. The effects are experienced immediately and can be measured; change in height, an increase in the range of motion and easier movement; which creates a feeling of being longer, looser, or lighter. At all times the clients’ modesty and security are of the highest priority. Some clients are a bit intimidated by the idea of viewing, please let me know, and I will work with whatever is comfortable for you.
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Reference article and books:
Structural Integration: A Contribution to the Understanding of Stress By Dr. Ida P. Rolf
Gravity: An Unexplored Factor In A More Human Use Of Human Beings By Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Ph. D.
ROLFING Reestablishing the natural alignment and Structural Integration of the human body for the vitality and well-being. by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Ph. D.
Rolfing and Physical Reality by Ida Rolf
The Heart of Listening A Visionary Approach to Craniosacral Work by Hugh Milne
Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians by Thomas W. Myers
Job's Body by Deane Juhan
Clinical Anatomy of the Spine by Nikolai Bogduk and Lance T. Twomey