Notebook 2001

Why Health Coaching Works

In the tricky time between Christmas and New Year, I got around to going through a pile of old notebooks. It’s a job that’s been waiting in the wings for a rainy day, and, let’s face it, we’ve had plenty of those!

The oldest one dates back to 2001. Inside, on the first page, are probably my earliest notes about thoracolumbar fascia and its role in the stability of the spine.

There are references to the applied anatomy of the diaphragm, how it may be affected by inflammation of the gall bladder, how tension in the diaphragm may alter the dynamics of the phrenic nerve, the relationship between the diaphragm and the subclavius muscle, etc.


The Details Are Vital – But Which Ones?

Reading through, I’m taken on a whistle-stop tour through the last two decades or so, during which my understanding of how the body works has spiralled in to focus on the minutiae and then out again to view the broader perspective.

Having an understanding of anatomy and differential diagnosis expedites the process of ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS in my role as a #lifestyleprescriptions Health Coach and often saves us from going in the wrong direction.

However, it’s actually more important to understand my client’s experience of their symptoms in the context of their whole life – in a holistic sense. The timing of them and other associated patterns, what else is going on in their life, the specifics of what they can and can’t do, their recurring thoughts and emotions.

Science is becoming ever more clear about how a thought creates a chemical reaction in the brain and how this triggers a cascade of events through our body.

Rather than getting bogged down in anatomical detail – which anyway doesn’t tell us WHY there remains a focal point of swelling in the ankle long after the original sprain – getting clear about the details of the big picture for the client is a more effective way of treating the root cause. And often, far less painful.