More Than A Sum Of Parts Modern medicine has been amazing for our knowledge of the innermost workings of the body, but this amazing wealth of understanding has come at a cost. With every scalpel incision and dissection we break the body down into smaller and smaller pieces, striving to understand how these pieces fit into our complex body machines.
But treating the body as a machine and sum of it’s parts, is not an entirely healthy view to have. “….the human body is not assembled in parts. It self-assembles from a single cell that proliferates wildly before differentiating into the different functional cells that make up our body. Concepts like ‘muscle’ or ‘organ’ are man-made concepts imposed on the whole which was never divided and never functioned separately until we approached it with a knife.”
AnatomyTrains.com I’m A Real Boy Sure, the function of machines can offer some great analogies to help understand different functions of your body (like Tom Myers’ sailing boat tensegrity and our Pain – Your Body’s Warning Light), but ultimately our bodies are incredibly complicated and interrelated organisms, with many different systems and factors influencing and affecting others (often in counter-intuitive ways). You are far more complex and amazing than any machine or computer will ever be. For the science nerds, you can imagine our current understanding of the human body to be heavily influenced by classic Newtonian, mechanistic physics, but more complete understanding will come from diving down the unpredictable rabbit hole of quantum physics. We aren’t just a sum of functioning or malfunctioning parts – inside everyone of us is an incredible ability to heal (to differing degrees) with the right changes or stimulus. Think of this; some punk kids scratch paint off your car in the parking lot. Your car will never be able to ‘heal’ that missing paint, but a scratch to your body will be repaired automatically (as long as you don’t let it get infected).
Celebrate Your Complexity
Always remember your body is functioning as a whole, interconnected, complex organism. We all rely on healthy nutrition, musculoskeletal function and mental activity, with each area affecting others in ways most of us will never fully understand or appreciate. This is why a single approach will never work with 100% people. We all have different contributing factors and backgrounds that relate to the pain we experience, the hard part is figuring out what the root cause is and how to best resolve it. You might respond fantastically to musculoskeletal therapy, or benefit more from adopting meditation, or maybe it’s nutritional therapy that you need. As therapists, it’s important for us to always remember that everyone will respond differently to our treatments, to be adaptable and know when to refer to a complimentary therapist. At Skeletal Harmonics, we want you to get the best recovery from your pain or injury, whether that means we work with you alone, alongside other complimentary therapists or refer you to someone else all together. Don’t be daunted when things don’t get better quickly. Pain often stems from a series of musculoskeletal, nutritional and/or mental issues building up over a series of years, and to get the bottom of can require a bit of detective work and persistence. Always consider the possibility of different, counter-intuitive root causes of your pain. Celebrate your complexity and remember that issues in your body may not always be so black and white. Sources: image by jargon