- Colin Liggett
Will SensoriMotor Repatterning Change Post-Surgery Rehab forever?
I sure hope so. An estimated 80% of all scars cause faulty sensory input which induces faulty movement patterns and potentially chronic pain.
This is why I can often remove people's pain when they have tried for years via various practitioners without success. The treatment is not difficult to perform. The knowledge of what and where to treat is the complicated aspect which Sensorimotor repatterning solves.
Surgeries are often more successful than had been initially perceived. During surgery, receptors often become entangled and dysfunctional within scar tissue. The brain perceives these signals from the faulty receptors as a threat and in turn creates inhibitory motor signals as a defense mechanism.
Currently in a typical physiotherapy post-surgery rehab environment, muscles are classified as “weak” and strengthening exercises are given to “strengthen” the muscles. But it’s a flawed system because post-surgery muscles are much more likely to be “inhibited” than “weak,” and “strengthening” them only reinforces the dysfunctional compensation pattern that the brain has created to deal with faulty sensory inputs.
Left untreated, these dysfunctional movement patterns can persist for years because the brain does not perceive these patterns as dysfunctional. The muscle “inhibition” is how the brain thinks it can best deal with the faulty sensory information that it is receiving from dysfunctional receptors at the site of surgery.
I propose that two months post-surgery all out-patients should be referred to a therapist who can check for these dysfunctional movement patterns (caused by dysfunctional receptors), and correct them at the root cause. This way physiotherapists can truly focus on any remaining weak muscles after confirmation that all inhibited muscles are now functioning normally.
If you are reading this and have had surgery in the past and are wondering if your surgery caused dysfunctional movement patterns, the answer is very likely yes!
What about keyhole surgery? Yes, keyhole surgery is still very likely to cause dysfunction.
“I had gallbladder surgery 20 years ago, is this still likely to have a dysfunction?” Yes. I’ll frequently treat people with very old scars that are dysfunctional. Your nervous system believes it is dealing with that dysfunction in the most appropriate manner, therefore it will not correct itself. However, if the brain is shown a more functional way of performing, it will always adapt accordingly.
I have many ways of targeting pain and dysfunction with SMR, but surgery scars are high on my priority list. If surgery is in your intake history form, I’m going to be testing that surgery site for dysfunction on the first session and correcting it. Often this alone will make profound changes.
If anyone reading this is a surgeon, please book yourself in for an SMR session, mention your profession and you won’t be charged. I promise your perception of post-surgery results will never be the same.