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Nashville Neuromuscular Center cured my 'Pain in the Butt!"

"Working with the staff at Nashville Neuromuscular Center (NNC) was a life-changing experience. While I was built with a hint of dramatic flair, it can't account for all that I've learned, developed, and healed because I went to NNC for help with what I refered to as "the pain in my butt." I've tried to ask for help. I just didn't know what to do, where to go. I don't have insurance, and I'm otherwise healthy. I can't even remember what it's like to live without this pain." As practically a stalker of the self-help industry, I've been on a fairly relentless path for nearly fifteen years.  It's paid off, with results showing in every area of my life. 

During yet another visit with my doctor, desperate for solutions, he said that he'd watched me struggle with this stuff for so long and that there were enough indicators to write down fibromyalgia, but once I write that word on your chart… well, you just can't ever go back."  Today, I'm free of the collection of symptoms that were almost diagnosed as fibromyalgia. 

I'd used my mind to change my body for years, and it almost always worked...  until the pain in my butt. This pain came and went for years. It was intermittent at first; but over time became constant; fluctuating between 'this-is-almost-unbearable' discomfort and 'someone-get-me-a-straight-jacket' pain. I addressed this with various doctors and alternative health care providers.  On a particularly bad day, during lunch with a small group of woman friends, I shared my pain and frustration. Four of the six women said, "Nashville Neuromuscular Center;" and the other two scrambled to write down what sounded for all the world like the "be all, end all" solution to pain in Middle Tennessee.  Later that week I had my first appointment with Rebecca Saindon
My pain was at the base of what my yoga teacher calls my sitz bone. It was a burning sensation as if the bottom of that bone were on fire, deep within the muscles of my rear end. What's the proper way to stand? I know I don't always have great posture, but I thought that there was a template somewhere in my brain for "proper" posture. How am I supposed to walk? How are my feet actually supposed to hit the floor? What is supposed to be bent and what is supposed to be straight? I remember from that fainting episode in about the third grade that my knees aren't supposed to be locked, but honestly, that's about it!  I was alarmed. How could I know so much about the inner workings of my mind, abilities, challenges, spirituality, creativity, passions, etc., and have absolutely no knowledge about how my body works? This is what led directly to my spirited revelation about how we aren't taught this in schools and that kids really need to understand how their bodies work, and Rebecca's explanation that she'd spent many hours of her life trying to get a functional posture and anatomy curriculum into the school system. Curriculum, indeed:  It would take a book to relay what I've learned about my body over the last few months from my team at NNC. Here are a few of the more mind-blowing realizations that I've enjoyed, through my amateur anatomy filter, leaving plenty for you to learn from the experts directly. 
Once something like the pain in my butt (or head, neck, back, hip, knee, foot, heel, shoulder, whatever ails you) appears, it can be like a domino effect. The staff of NNC can work with you to identify each domino and what it takes to stand it back up. You can make your way back to alignment with the wide array of resources, techniques, and concentrations offered by the therapists at the Nashville Neuromuscular Center. 
While we started with a pain in my butt, I quickly realized this was a symptom of a much larger system breakdown. Rebecca could see that I needed to build up that core strength (one domino) and gave me some simple exercises which I didn't even have the strength to do. She gave me the anatomical low-down on all the parts between my hips and my shoulders and taught me how they could help me out if I gave them a little (seriously, pretty little) attention. She showed me how to isolate and engage each of the four types of abdominal muscles, how to breathe into my lungs. She showed me how to breathe into parts of my lungs that I'm certain never met a breath of fresh air before. She gave me small, very low key exercises to wake up those muscles enough so that I could work up to the original homework
Another challenge contributing to my physical breakdown is something of which I had previously known nothing: connective tissue. Rebecca's schedule was full, so she directed me to work with one of the other therapists for a couple of sessions, because after serious commitment to the homework (daily stretches, etc.) my body still showed no signs of willingness to surrendering it's inflexibility. I still felt like I had some type of girdle around my rib cage that prevented me from actually using it. I'd learned a great deal and could see the possibility of more, but felt like my body had a molasses-like attachment to the old ways of being.

In my experience, structural integration massage was about freeing connective tissue that is bound up with itself, or tissue "untangling." It is not relaxing in the moment, but that is not its purpose. It is intense. This masterful dance between intensity and INTENSITY is where he worked to free me from years of abuse, neglect, fear, self-loathing, and whatever else held me in the past. I discovered that even though my mind had released all of those things, a secret archive captured each one and filed it away in the cells of my connective tissues. The therapists worked on a certain muscle family per session, moving into deeper connective tissue at a pace that's tolerable for you and depending on your needs. Another piece of great news? It usually only takes one pass to clean the dominos, release the stuck-ness, and free the connective tissue that holds us back when it's time to move forward. 
Holistic healing is an approach that considers the whole self - mind, body, and spirit - when measuring well-being and treating pain or disease. While working with the staff at Nashville Neuromuscular Center, I experienced a significant transformation of my understanding of the relationship between these three parts of myself. I used to see my physical body as a consequence of my "insides." If I did a piece of cognitive or spiritual work, changes to my body would follow. As a Life Coach, I tended to teach my clients that they worked the same way. The true nature of a holistic approach was lost on me, and I stand corrected. 

The pain in my butt, it turns out, is actually caused by the type of imbalance in my thigh that I described before, the muscles causing a strain where my hamstring connects to my sitz bone. It pulls and causes the burning sensation, not unlike a heel spur. The NNC staff solved the complex mystery, educated me, treated me, and created an individualized plan that is helping me move back into the natural alignment my body was designed to maintain.  The fix, which takes less than 30 minutes each day, is to strengthen those muscles that will naturally support my body without the additional strain - the ones in my belly, backside, thighs, hips, and pelvic floor. After just a few months, the changes are dramatic. I can effortlessly engage muscles that I didn't know I had in the beginning. I can't believe the improvement in my strength, flexibility, and stamina… even my yoga teacher asked what I was doing differently. Every week more people tell me how different I look. "Something has changed," they say. I look taller, thinner, more healthy. I've even been accused of glowing. It definitely goes to show that everything gets better when you get rid of a big pain in the butt!  Thank you NNC!!" ~ Christy Farr, Life Coach