I would like to give a nod to Barrett Dorko and his article: The Matrix and Me, where he lists some common illusions of therapists (I assume physical therapists). Dorko is provocative writer and I recommend taking a look at his work.
From his article:
Traditional Therapeutic Illusions
In my experience most therapists (this occasionally includes me) practice clinically as if certain things were true despite the fact that researchers have learned that they are not. Here’s a short list of what I call “therapeutic illusions”:
Strength and posture are related
Pain and posture are commonly related
Strength and pain are related
You can stretch connective tissue with your hands
You can reliably palpate vertebral joint movement”
I have no idea what “palpate verbal joint movement” means nor do I think about “connective tissue” when I work. But I agree with Dorko on the first two illusions . Do you agree that the beliefs above are illusions?
Are pain symptoms and posture unrelated?
Are strength and pain unrelated?
Are they completely unrelated or just occasionally unrelated?
Or occasionally related?
I believe what Dorko is talking about above is the medical model idea that pain is the result of dysfunction or structural problems in the spine, nerves, joints or elsewhere. That is, if a person has chronic back pain, there MUST be a pinched nerve, degenerated disk, herniated disks (etc.) that is causing the pain. This type of thinking can lead to drastic interventions such as invasive surgery to “fix” the spine. But is the thinking correct and does the research bear this out? (I believe the answer is “No.” But it has been several years since I have read research in that area.)
Does your own experience as a Feldenkrais practitioner match what Dorko is saying?
Let me know your thoughts.