I recently treated an adolescent patient who I had not seen for a couple of years. She came towards the practice noticeably taller and stooped. She appeared emotionally heavy, lacking the brightness and spark of the cheeky kid I had previously treated for sport related strains. On this occasion she had independently sought treatment for thoracic pain but her mother had informed me of multiple social, emotional and psychological tensions.
Sensory experiences and insights during treatment included:
- Abundant but disorganised involuntary motion
- Form emerging and deforming – a sense of conflict between culturally mediated self, self image and biological development, tension between inside-out and outside-in developmental forces
- Resistance and desire for transformation: child-adult, between bodies and identities.
This patient transformed my understanding of adolescent health.