I thought to share this email exchange with a student from the east coast as it contains tips on handling abnormal conditions that clients can’t find solutions for in the medical world….
Hi Jocelyn-
I had a quick and sort of random question. I have a client who has hyperacusis in her left ear which is basically a super sensitivity to sound. She’s had it ever since she got in a big car accident in her twenties (she’s in her seventies now). She really has never found any solutions for it and it interferes with her ability to do everyday things.
I was wondering if you know anything about it and if neuromuscular work could be any benefit? She has told me she’s had trouble with that entire side since the accident.
Just curious if you’ve ever encountered anything like that!   A

 
Hi A
As far as the whole left side being ‘different since the accident’, that sounds like shock/trauma shutting down communications between the hemispheres. Don’t underestimate the power of Brain Buttons. Sometimes I use them for a good 10 minutes of the session along with a lengthy teaching about how stress turns off communication between the hemispheres and has some VERY predictable shifts that it does in our metabolism.
 
One word of warning: People who have had a condition for a long time may argue with your assessment and resist the work and so, often they get to keep the condition, because they find the therapist wrong or simply stop seeing them. I worked with a woman just like that at a Triathlon. Because I am so sure of what needs to happen I am able to command attention to what I am saying instead of allowing the recycling back through trauma experiences and remembered pain over and over again. She retold parts of the story to me repeatedly during a 1/2 hour tune up. Remembered tension recreates the tension.  Putting one’s attention on the space around you is another way to get away from being trapped in the trouble. 
 
I’ve never encountered anything like hyperacusis after an accident, but I encounter things I’ve never encountered most days these days. Trust your instincts. I listen carefully and imagine how the body shuts itself down and stores information as pattern recognition in what Milton Erickson would call ‘Compelling Personal Reference Experiences’.  These are the imprints the body/mind takes at moments of great danger to our survival.
 
Since she’s had this condition a long time and is now fairly old, my solution for the hyperacusis would be to wear a good sound modulator earplug such as drummers use. They are fitted to your ear. If I were her, I would wear it whenever I was in an environment with noise or even while watching TV.
 
Be well, stay happy, Jocelyn
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From Suki Munsell…

“Russell and I recently resumed evening walks and love the benefits. We suggested to Simone and Thorsten Kopitzki, students and Harbor Point neighbors, that they try it.  ‘Walking every night is a good way to balance my stressful office work,’ Simone said. ‘I’ve improved my balance and my fitness. I’m less short on breath than I was before. Being overweight, walking is not stressful on my body, and I’ve lost weight.’

“Boosting your metabolism is one of the many benefits of walking after dinner.Gastric emptying of the meal is accelerated leading to better digestion and better sleep. Even a 15-minute walk lowers blood levels of fat and enhances blood circulation. Blood sugar, which can spike after a meal, gets used up through activity. Bowels move better helping you eliminate more frequently and regularly. Plan the length of your walk accordingly!

“Walking morning, noon or night yields great resultsAdding a second exercise session in the evening, especially Dynamic Walking, rebalances your bodymind and erases stress from he day. Add 3 minutes of barre stretches when you return, the best dessert for a good night’s sleep.

“Early evening is a magical time to walk. Follow the sun as it dips over the horizon. Watch the clouds shimmer in luminous light. Listen to the hush spread as it mutes the day. . Smell the night blooming planets call their insect lovers. Watch the stars and planets wink on and the silvery moon gain in brilliance. Walking in the evening is like a meditation, a time for peace and contentment.

“The hardest part of the evening walking is getting off the cozy couch or turning off the TV or computer (whose blue light decreases the melatonin production you need for falling asleep). Set your intention and prepare. A partner or a dog helps (even a neighbors’s dog), and so does reminding yourself how much better you will feel and sleep. So Just Do It – give yourself the luxury of winding down, of intimate time, alone or with another, and with nature. Wait to walk at least 45 minutes after dinner. Then drink some water, dress for comfort, be safe, and delight in the night.”

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What is Required for Avoiding Stiffness with Age?

Is your body getting stiff as you get older? Over decades, the gravitational effects of standing, walking and running causes fluids to pool in our legs, hips and low back. Sometimes our pumps, our muscles, are not being used consistently enough to keep our fluids moving.  Over time these fluids, which are rich in connective tissue cells, begin sticking the muscles of the legs together fixating us in our use or misuse patterns.  The muscles become increasingly inefficient at pumping fluids because they can’t move.  The legs feel heavy; the feet muscles get weak; plantar fascitis, shin splints and ‘neuropathy’ develop.  (I put this in quote marks because many times an ankle muscle that is not working is labeled neuropathy), often accompanied by swelling.  Some of these situations are just dysfunctional muscle coordination patterns resulting from adhesions between the layers.

Poor circulation in our legs affects the conditioning of our feet and legs for walking.  Muscles that aren’t being used become unable to move.  We feel stiff and lose the grace of moving freely. We walk in stiff and stomp along ways, using our feet as platforms rather than functional movers.

Here are 3 things you can do to avoid stiffness as you age:

  1. Stretch and wring out your tissues. The yogis have always said “To stay young, keep your spine limber.”  You can do this by holding the arms of your office or arm chair and twisting and breathing multiple times a day. Twisting your spine stimulates CerebroSpinal Fluid circulation.
  2. Hang over and dangle daily; maybe more than once. Let your hips and legs hold you up as you let your back sway and hang loose! Stiffness in your back affects your comprehension and produces cognitive confusion.
  3. Get bodywork!  The older your tissues get the more dehydrated or waterlogged they become.  Good bodywork and massage will keep those fluids moving and not sticking you together in ways that make you STIFF.  Good bodywork will wake your feet up and get them working again.

If your feet and legs are feeling heavy and weak perhaps you would benefit from a session with our talented NeuroMuscular Reprogramming® Therapists at Healus Neuro Rehab Center. Give us a call at 415 388 9945 and make an appointment today. Don’t let rigor mortis set in early…!

If you’ve never been here before and don’t understand how we can help you, you can ask for a FREE NeuroMuscular Assessment where you will meet with Jocelyn Olivier, founder and clinical director at Healus and the creator of NeuroMuscular Reprogramming NMR®.  She will assess your movement patterns and tissue quality and educate you to the best approach to correct those problems that are plaguing you.

Here is a great talk by British anatomist Gil Hedley on the facts about Fascial ‘Fuzz’ and how it sticks our layers together when we stop moving.  With NMR we test all your muscles and make sure they are all moving and working, we release your adhesions and wake up your coordination, more of your muscles working will get the work done easier. As my last client today said going out the door:  “I feel LIGHTER!”  That’s because all the stuckness was gone!

Give us a call at (415) 388-9945 and make an appointment today…Feel better for the rest of your life.