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Viscerosomatic Reflex: The Key to Unlocking Pain Relief

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Pain is a complex puzzle, often leaving us bewildered about its true origin.

Hi, it's Justine, and in this post, I want to talk about the concept of viscerosomatic reflex or 'referred pain', where discomfort in one body part can stem from an entirely different organ. This connection is crucial in understanding pain management.


The Intricacy of Referred Pain

Referred pain manifests in various forms, from skin changes to deep, chronic aches. It’s elusive, often leading us on a wild goose chase for relief. But what if the answer lies not in the painful area itself but in an interconnected organ?


Pain's Pathways: A Journey Through the Body

Pain travels from its source to the brain along spinal pathways. When visceral (organ-related) pain signals enter the spinal cord, they often affect nearby somatic nerve cells linked to muscles, skin, and ligaments. This proximity can result in pain appearing in areas unrelated to the actual source – a phenomenon known as the viscerosomatic reflex.


The Osteopathic Approach

Osteopathy teaches us to treat the body as a whole, not just isolated parts. I believe in nurturing every part of the body, and understanding that an issue in one area can affect another. The routines I coach at Inclusive Movement involve gentle stretches and movements that can help alleviate not just localized pain but also discomfort that might originate from organ dysfunctions.


Addressing the Root Cause

Focusing on organ-related pain, our exercises could inadvertently treat the cause of your musculoskeletal pain. For instance, a routine focusing on abdominal strength might relieve back pain linked to digestive issues.


Research-Backed Methods

Osteopathic research supports this approach, showing that treating organs can significantly impact related musculoskeletal pain. Inclusive Movement's programs are crafted considering these findings, ensuring a well-rounded workout experience that caters to overall well-being.


Beyond Surface-Level Treatment

We understand that sometimes the pain you feel isn't where the problem lies. Our comprehensive exercise routines are designed to engage various body parts, potentially easing referred pain by addressing underlying issues.


Inclusive Movement: A Holistic Solution

At Inclusive Movement, we're not just about workouts; we're about fostering a deeper understanding of your body. Our programs offer an accessible way to explore and alleviate pain, considering the interconnected nature of our bodily systems.

If you're grappling with unexplained pain, consider the possibility of referred pain and how Inclusive Movement's holistic approach might offer the relief you seek. Our programs are more than just exercises; they're a journey towards understanding and healing your body in its entirety. Join us to explore a path of wellness that acknowledges and addresses the complex interplay of your body's systems.

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I help people of all ages and abilities get moving comfortably. 

As an Osteopath and an advocate for accessible fitness, I understand the challenges and hesitations that come with starting a fitness journey, especially as a busy mom. My passion is to empower you to find strength and mobility in a way that feels safe and nurturing.

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