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.