Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia – The postural perspective Saturday, 5 July 2014 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm – Talk given by Dr. Nick Sheldrick.
Fatigue, aches and pains and emotions are things that all human experience. The ebb and flow of energy, emotion and our physical state through our lives, is the road map that takes us to where we are today.
The factors that influence how we feel at any given given moment are literally limitless. Why some people go through life with small, almost imperceptible ripples of these emotions and aches and why others get dumped into the shorebreak and buried so deep in sand it may take them years to get of, is hardly fair and even less medically diagnosable or understood.
The interplay between emotion, fatigue and posture is what I have spent the last eight years analysing. There is a natural position of forward or centred posture. Forward being more emotional, stressful and unstable, and centred being stronger and stable, with centred being ideal. This is true for people with and without Fibromyalgia (FM) and Chronic Fatigue (CFS).
I have found that many people with CFS and FM are leaning forward or very close to forward and this is where they live their lives, vulnerable both physically and emotionally. By bringing posture back to a centred position, significant improvements in fatigue and wellbeing can be achieved.
Well-being; the word gives such positive thoughts. But behind all who seek it is a tail of its emotions, its trauma’s both physical and emotional, its pains, its lingering helplessness, its journey, its successes and failures.. I have my own story…
My story is the same as yours, with a little bit more physical trauma, in most cases that is, and probably a lot less emotional trauma than most. But that information doesn’t really matter. What really matters is the cumulative way in which we have bound up our physical and emotional tension, our layers of compensation and, over compensation, and where and why we ended up getting stuck. Unwinding, was my own personal last attempt to gain an insight into effective, results driven body work, before I gave up on my own seemingly helpless journey to improving my own health and the health of my patients.
My positive journey started getting traction here, like countless others I have treated and met over the years. Unwinding is a treatment that stretches and unlocks a little known structure inside the spine that surrounds the spinal cord and brain, it is called the Dura Mater, a part of the meninges. This material is the link between physical injury and emotional stress. There is a three dimensional winding process that occurs and every time the body leans a certain way the brain stem gets pulled on and causes emotional tension.
It is my hypothesis, which has been tested enough times to reach out to sufferers, that although unwinding has amazing results for average and normal spines, it can provide a way to shift the spine (or cumulative meningeal tension) away from the direction which causes the emotional tension and fatigue that sufferers of CFS and FM seem to have in abundance.
What happens when unwinding, is that instead of being stuck in the shore break, over time the body starts to creep further up the beach, then gets a little dumped again, creeps a little further up, another dumping, further up, over and over again, until you get the chance to walk along the beach for a while. This is just like other back pain sufferers who are usually already walking along the beach, and occasionally getting dumped. Over time, and yes this can take considerable time, stability and energy grow as the mechanical injuries are dealt with, and who knows, some day we hope that you’ll be able to wade through the shore break and actually get to go and have a swim…
I am not saying that I have found the one true treatment for CFS and FM, as there are so many variations in all the individuals who suffer. Obviously acupuncturists, psychologists, dieticians, ayurvedic therapists, occupational therapists and many other therapies have been effective for many people.
I would like to give you a statement that could be the summary of all the CFS and FM patients that have had some unwinding treatment: “My body is healing, I have: more energy, better posture, ease of movement and clarity of mind”