The problem may not be where you think it is
If you have pain in your knee, your knee obviously needs treatment. That seems logical, and obvious. And if you have problems with your knee and go to see a doctor you would expect him to examine your knee, and maybe to send you for an X-Ray.
But just because the pain is in your knee, it doesn’t mean that the cause of the problem is just because of what’s happening with your knee.
How we cope with pain
With any pain or injury we adapt to cope with what hurts. We move differently to reduce the soreness and what began out as a shoulder problem for example, may also start to involve our neck too as we try to cope with the pain.
Looking at the whole body
Amatsu physical therapy looks at the whole body to find out where the problems that affect our mobility, and that are causing us pain, come from.
Although Amatsu is completely explainable in scientific terms, most of my clients have no idea why I am doing what I'm doing and how it makes them feel better.
Why do I always check their pelvis even though they have a neck problem? Why are their big toes so important that I always check them at least twice? Why do I lift their arms and legs?
Your body’s balance
My Amatsu treatment always starts by gently checking the balance of your pelvis. In Amatsu, we view the pelvis as of (quite literally) central importance. It is the centre of your body, the meeting point of your spine and your lower body. Any imbalance here can affect your whole body.
Problems that affect the pelvis
Our pelvis is affected by things like:
• sitting cross-legged
• carrying children on a hip
• too little activity and exercise
• bad posture
And a whole host of other factors. That's why I always start there even if you have a dodgy knee!
Our poor feet
With their relatively small surface area, our feet carry our body weight around all day long. We cram them into ill-fitting shoes or socks, wear high heels, stand too long, and take too little notice of what is such an important part of the body.
The big toes
Our big toe in particular is of utmost importance and in Japan it is considered good healthcare practice to keep the big toe fluid and mobile by gently rotating it.
If our big toe loses its freedom to move, we start to walk differently to compensate. When we do that, over time we put pressure on other joints higher up the body.
Knee or hip pain may have started due to a foot problem or bad walking pattern. So big toes really matter.
Testing individual muscles
The part of the treatment some of my clients find a little strange is when I lift their arms and legs in different combinations and ask them to hold them briefly in position.
Why do I test individual muscles? Well, it's not actually about the individual muscles and whether they are “strong”. It's more about the holistic view of a person's body.
Amatsu always looks at the bigger picture - your whole body - not just where it hurts and these tests allow me to see which other parts of the body are affected and how to fix the problems that are causing pain and affecting mobility.