Thursday, 31 January 2019
There is a political angle to somatic awareness, dealing with the effects of one’s condition - it means being self aware and adaptable, and moving away from reliance on ‘the system’ of experts and medical establishment upon which much of the structure of medicine and social care is based. But let’s look at a simple problem- going downstairs- I find this hard and often nearly fall and lose balance.
I can EITHER
1) get handrails installed at a cost or get prescribed muscle relaxants, or insist that I get transferred to the ground floor or get a lift installed,
2)I can retrain my body to go down stairs slower, I can look at and understand the mechanics of going downstairs improve my balance, notice how much I rely on eyes or inner ear vestibular system for balance and orientation in space.
How can politicians and decision makers encourage self awareness vs dependance without getting involved in polarised right vs left arguments?