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Health Conditions Helped by Somatics

A partial list of disorders that respond well to Clinical Somatic Education — with some improving or resolving completely in just a few sessions. Explore these topics (in short lists, more detail, or picture grids) to learn more about the science and approach used in addressing a disorder. Contact us to learn more.

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the wear and tear and inflammation of joints, especially weight bearing joints. Arthritis is generally viewed as normal degradation due to aging, overuse, and misuse of the body. The question we ask is "does this degradation need to occur, and if it already has, what can be done to reverse it?" The answer is usually "no, it does not need to occur and, if it already has, often there is hope that you can make it better."

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

For information regarding Somatics and this condition, please contact the Somatic Systems Institute. Thank you.

Frozen Shoulder / Adhesive Capsulitis

Sometimes interchanged with the term "frozen shoulder", adhesive capsulitis is the adhesion of the joint capsule to the bones of the shoulder joint. While this condition may cause scarring or other degradation of tissues of the shoulder, Clinical Somatics can help to restore the movement of the shoulder in a safe, non-invasive, and gentle way that allows for mobility and healing of the joint with long-lasting results. Most importantly, Somatics can address the functional issues that led to the condition to begin with, and prevent it from happening again.

Constipation

Common wisdom has always dictated that exercise increases healthy bowel function. Recent research in the field has not shown a correlation between jogging, for instance, and healthier bowel function, however there are many reasons why Clinical Somatics can improve a condition of constipation, and we can see where there is still wisdom in the correlation between movement, exercise and proper elimination.

Relaxation and Stress Relief

Through the slow and mindful movements of Somatics, one becomes more centered and aware of the stresses of the body and mind. By consciously becoming aware, the client learns to release tension causing greater relaxation.

Breathlessess / Shortness of Breath

Chronically contracted muscles of the abdomen, chest, back, and waist can easily restrict the inhalation and exhalation of breath. There is a complicated and beautifully orchestrated pattern of muscular coordination between the diaphragm, the abdominal muscles, the chest, neck, and shoulder muscles, the muscles between the ribs, as well as the back and waist muscles that must occur in order to enable deep and easy breathing.

Balance Problems

There is a very intricate relationship between the movement of the eyes, the balancing organs of the inner ear, the musculature of the entire skeleton, the proprioceptive sense organs of the body, and the brain centers that equate and manage all of these factors.

Sciatica

For information regarding Somatics and this condition, please contact the Somatic Systems Institute. Thank you.

Plantar Fascitis

Plantar fasciitis is an inflamation or mild tearing of the fascia (soft connective tissue) of the bottom of the foot. It is characterized commonly by an intense pain of the heel and bottom of foot upon waking in the morning, and potential pain throughout the day, especially when pressure is applied to the bottom of the foot. Plantar Fasciitis can be caused by overuse or misuse of the foot, as well as by improper footwear.

This information is provided for information purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat disease conditions, nor should it substitute for medical evaluation or treatment. Please consult with your doctor before undergoing any movement, treatment, or fitness regimen.