What is Clinical Somatics?

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Clinical Somatics (a.k.a. Hanna Somatics)
is neuromuscular education that relieves chronic pain and prevents recurring injuries by re-educating your nervous system.

It’s important to understand that most chronic pain, recurring injuries, and joint degeneration are caused by the way we use our bodies – the way we sit, stand and move, day in and day out, throughout our lives. And our nervous system is responsible for telling us how to use our bodies. Our nervous system tells us which muscles to contract, when to release them, and how to hold our bodies when we’re just sitting or standing still.

As we grow up, our nervous system actually learns how make us do these things. The more we repeat a certain posture or movement, the more deeply learned that muscular pattern becomes. After a while, our patterns become so deeply learned that we don’t even have to think about them. This is what we call muscle memory.

Muscle memory is a wonderful thing, because it allows us to get through our daily lives efficiently. But unfortunately, sometimes we learn patterns that damage our bodies–like sitting hunched over at a computer. The only way to change these deeply learned muscular patterns is to re-educate the nervous system.

And that is what Clinical Somatics does. It engages the nervous system in an active learning process that consists of very slow, focused, conscious movements. The movement techniques used in Clinical Somatics teach the nervous system how to release chronic muscle tension and stand and move in natural, efficient ways so that you aren’t putting yourself in pain or doing damage to your body.

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How is Clinical Somatics different?

There are three fundamental things that make Clinical Somatics unique
and much more effective than other pain relief options.

Most therapies that address chronic pain, like massage and chiropractic, are passive. That means that you do not move while the therapy is being performed on you. While passive therapies are often very enjoyable, their results usually don’t last more than a few days simply because they haven’t created any lasting change in your nervous system.

You need to be actively moving in order to form new neural pathways and create lasting change in the functioning of your nervous system. I’ll say this again, because it’s so important: You need to be actively, consciously moving in order for your nervous system to learn something new. Nothing that anyone does to you is going to create any lasting change.

Most pain treatments, whether they be medication or a form of bodywork, only address the symptoms of the problem. These treatments either focus on relieving the sensation of pain or use spot work, an approach which assumes that the problem is only occurring in the area of the body where the pain is being felt. For example, if you’re having pain in your elbow, these treatments will only address your elbow. For this reason, the results of most pain treatments typically don’t last.

Clinical Somatics addresses the underlying cause of pain by working with full-body patterns of posture and movement. No part of the human body moves independently. Every time you move, adjustments happen throughout your body to allow the movement to happen. So believe it or not, that pain in your elbow is most likely related to how you are using your entire body. In order for the problem to go away for good, the entire movement pattern must be addressed.

Many treatments and therapies for pain are based on some sort of dependence, whether it be that you have to return on a regular basis for sessions or must continue to take medication.

Clinical Somatics teaches you how to take care of yourself with slow, gentle exercises. In fact, Clinical Somatics is founded upon the belief that people have the ability to and should take care of themselves instead of relying on others to maintain their health.

What conditions can Clinical Somatics help?

Back pain
Bursitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Disc problems
Fibromyalgia
Frozen shoulder
Joint pain

Kyphosis
Lordosis
Osteoarthritis
Piriformis Syndrome
Plantar Fasciitis
Sciatica
Scoliosis

Spasms & cramps
TMJ
Tendinitis
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Uneven leg length
Whiplash
and more!

Clinical Somatics also has a lot of other benefits, like:

Releasing chronic muscle tightness
Improving flexibility and range of motion
Reducing stress
Improving sleep and breathing
Improving balance
Enhancing athletic performance


Is Clinical Somatics right for you?

First, have you and your doctor ruled out disease, infection, or structural damage as being the cause of your problem?

If the answer is yes, then it’s fairly safe to say that the cause of your pain, recurring injury, or posture or movement issue is a result of the way you are using your body.

Second, do you like the idea of being
self-sufficient and not relying on others to relieve your pain?

If this appeals to you–if you like the idea of engaging in a learning process and taking care of yourself by practicing slow, gentle exercises–then Clinical Somatics will be a good fit for you!

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Clinical Somatics gives you the ability to be self-sufficient in taking care of your body at any age.

Don’t be content to let your physical well-being, posture, movement,
and athletic performance decline as you get older. You can relieve your
own pain and prevent recurring injuries and degeneration with just
15-30 minutes a day of gentle, relaxing Clinical Somatics exercises.
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