Sensory Inputs -Exploring the memories held in your Body

Every experience is ingrained with a plethora of information from sensory inputs. In the complex interplay between body and mind, every injury, surgery, or significant event leaves a lasting mark. Beyond the physical scars and healed wounds, the surrounding stimuli, emotional states, and mental thoughts during these moments weave a multisensory experience that shapes our body’s memory. Let’s explore the profound connection between our experiences, the body’s responses, and the consequential compensating patterns initiated by the brain.

The Power of Multisensory Input

Our brains are constantly receiving information from various senses simultaneously. In moments of trauma, surgery, or injury, the sights, sounds, smells, and tactile sensations surrounding us become part of that memory. This sensory data becomes intricately linked to the physical event, creating a holistic memory imprint.

Emotional States and Mental Thoughts

Emotions are strong influencers of our well-being. During pivotal events, our emotional state and mental thoughts become intertwined with the experience, leaving a lasting imprint. Fear, stress, or calmness experienced during surgery, for instance, can shape how the body remembers and responds to similar situations in the future.

The Brain’s Compensating Patterns

As the body navigates its rehabilitation after injury or surgery, the brain initiates compensating patterns to adapt to the changes. These patterns are influenced not only by the physical trauma but also by the sensory and emotional imprints associated with the event. Understanding these compensatory mechanisms provides insight into the long-term effects on posture, movement, and overall well-being.

Rewiring the Memory

Awareness of the multisensory and emotional components tied to our injuries allows us to explore ways to positively influence the body’s memory. In clinic we utilise this notion in order help re-establish safety back into the system. By normalising nervous system responses to the various stimuli attached to an injury, surgery or event, we remove the imprints that could potentially trigger a pain or movement dysfunction in the body in the future. Laying down renewed patterns in the memory helps rewire the brain’s responses and mitigate negative compensating patterns.

Conclusion

Our bodies are not mere vessels; they are living records of our experiences. By recognizing the interconnected nature of events, injuries, and the body’s response, we gain a deeper understanding of the lasting impact that multisensory stimuli, emotional states, and mental thoughts can have. Healing our body’s memory by down regulating the sensory stimuli and processing emotions and thoughts locked into the experience, empowers us to navigate the healing process with a holistic approach, fostering overall well-being.


About Nat

Nat is a Pain and Movement Rehab Therapist, specialising in Functional Neurology, Nervous System Regulation and Women’s Health.
Nat uses a multi-disciplinary approach to provide a ‘whole-istic’ approach to helping you understand and move more easily in your body, emotionally and physically. She uses a combination of manual bodywork, neuromuscular repatterning, movement, nervous system regulation and energy work to help you move beyond pain and emotional blocks and back to living life with joy and zest.

Nat helps with:

  • Functional Movement repatterning
  • Relieving pain
  • Reintroducing Stability to the system physically and emotionally
  • Post-op rehab
  • Scar care
  • Nervous system regulation
  • Postnatal recovery
  • Diastasis Recti recovery
  • C section recovery
  • Hysterectomy Recovery
  • Pelvic Floor Function
  • Perimenopause and Menopause Lifestyle Coaching

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