My first 4th year lecture on Involuntary Motion Studies (movements of the cranium) began on a much more positive note than I had anticipated. Having always struggled with IMS, I didn’t expect to particularly enjoy the class but these lectures seemed like a good choice because I’m keen to find out more about the principles and see if I can improve my palpaltory skills. I also think I’m someone who needs to try things outside my comfort zone to expand my horizons and resist my naturally conservative approach to therapy. When the obvious doesn’t work, why not try something new?
So I grabbed the rare opportunity of downtime in our busy homeless clinic today to see if techniques could be exchanged. Having felt the hypertonicity of my neck muscles, our tutor asked if she could palpate my sacrum and see if there were any patterns she could detect. It would have been foolish to turn down this offer of a new approach towards my ongoing right-sided shoulder and neck dysfunction. And lo – some of what was said made sense to me! I do indeed feel that my right side is compressed. And I can even prove this by sidebending in both directions. My right side has never give as much flexibility as my left. A small point but it adds up!
And… perhaps it was psychosomatic, but I felt I could detect some of the unravelling that subsequently followed.
It’s one small step in my journey towards my attempts to understand IMS but it was a positive one and I’m happy I grabbed it!