Feeling Your Body Is Really Important

Here are some science backed goals for working with back pain; develop skills to feel more connected to the body, learn to feel safe with intense sensations and learn to feel safe to move more.

There is a paradox for people in pain of not being aware of the slow background tone of body sensation, and, at the same time, being hyper-sensitive to potentially threatening sensory inputs:

‘Over the past few years, studies revealed that non specific low back pain is characterized by sensorimotor impairments at the lower back.’

‘Compared to healthy individuals, patients with non specific low back pain showed decreased brain activation during the processing of tactile-proprioceptive signals from the lower back, and while imagining daily life activities’

Studies ‘suggest that individuals with non specific low back pain are over-responsive or over-attentive towards sensory inputs that potentially signal ‘danger to the lower back’ and require action to protect the spine.’



Steve Haines has been working in healthcare for over 25 years and as a bodyworker since 1998. Understanding the science of pain and trauma has transformed his approach to healing. He has studied Yoga, Shiatsu, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE). He is a UK registered Chiropractor and teaches TRE and Cranial work all over the world. His treatments now use education, embodied awareness and light touch to help people move more freely and be more present. Steve lives and works between London and Geneva. www.stevehaines.net  steve.haines@mac.com