Interview with Chrissy Bensen, LMFT at bStill Integrative Wellness, LLC
by Justine Calderwood, MSPT
This week I sat down for a quick interview with Chrissy Bensen, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the owner and director at bStill Integrative Wellness, LLC, with locations right here in Woodland Park, CO and the other in Colorado Springs, CO. We discussed how her services could be a complement to physical therapy for a holistic, whole-body treatment approach for people suffering from chronic pain or illnesses.
Chrissy and I both recognize that chronic and complex pain can involve physical symptoms, but also mental, emotional and even spiritual stress. Mental and emotional stress can even lead to physical symptoms. And while it's taxing for the person who's directly dealing with these issues, it can also affect other people in the home, or caregivers of those suffering.
For example, when daddy has a "bad back" and can't play or cannot concentrate on work because of his nagging, unrelenting pain it can take a toll on his relationships with his family, friends, or co-workers. He may become irritable, anxious over what's causing his pain, depressed over not being able to figure out how to solve his pain on his own, and/or frustrated that he can't do the things he'd like to do around his house or job. His children may find him distracted, grumpy, or unable to play with them. Over time his wife might have to take on more of the household tasks if he cannot do any heavy lifting, or it may affect their relationship if he's limited in his ability to walk, help around the house or be intimate. Friends that used to hunt or play golf with dad may miss his company or find it hard to understand why he can't do these things anymore. Dad himself may be losing sleep, or he may find it frustrating or fearful that his back "goes out" frequently and he may start questioning his ability to care for his family.
As a physical therapist I recognize that chronic pain, immobility and illness affects not only our physical well-being, but our emotional and mental health as well. And I think most people can appreciate the idea that emotional and mental states can contribute to physical pain. In the example above, maybe daddy is in this perpetual state of pain because he keeps pushing himself at work, afraid that if he takes a day or two off for himself to get his back checked out that he will look "unproductive" at work. Or maybe he questions if he's "tough enough" if he asks for help. So he ignores the pain signals coming from his body....until it's too late.
Pain is a signal that our brain produces to tell us something is wrong. If we ignore the pain signal it will inevitably get louder and louder, until we cannot ignore it anymore. It's okay to not know the answer or know how to "fix" yourself. It's okay to ask for help. It's okay to seek out the services of professionals who can help you maneuver through pain, immobility and mental or emotional stress.
Take a moment to watch the interview below. It is a look at Chrissy's treatment space and a peek at the services she offers her clients.
We are committed to working together to bring a holistic, whole-body approach to your health and well-being. Chrissy's services can be utilized separately from the services I offer in physical therapy, or simultaneously. What that means is that if you feel that some hands-on therapy such as Manual Physical Therapy, Myofascial Release, or Cranio-Sacral Therapy would be beneficial to receive during a counseling session, we can do that! Ask about our co-treatment service cost and availability.
Thank you Chrissy for coming on as a "Featured Community Partner"! If you'd like to learn more about Chrissy or how to contact her directly, please click here for additional information.
Justine Calderwood, PT, MSPT is the owner and physical therapist at The Healing Spot Physical Therapy, LLC in Woodland Park, CO. She specializes in treating people with chronic and unresolved pain and conditions that haven't responded to other forms of treatment. Since 2002 she has been helping people just like you feel better and move easier, by providing hands-on therapy and educating people on what they can do at home to help themselves. The Healing Spot Physical Therapy, LLC serves the communities of Woodland Park, Green Mountain Falls, Cascade, Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs, Divide, Florissant and Lake George, Colorado. Call us for a free phone consultation! 719.270.1123
The materials contained on this website are provided for general information and educational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice on any particular individual situation. Please see your Healing Spot Physical Therapist or other medical practitioner for full and individual consultation.
Justine Calderwood, PT, MSPT is the owner and physical therapist at The Healing Spot Physical Therapy, LLC in beautiful Woodland Park, CO. Since 2002 she has been helping people just like you feel better and move easier, by providing one-on-one hands-on therapy and educating people on what they can do at home to help themselves. She specializes in treating chronic and unresolved pain and conditions that haven't responded to other forms of treatment.
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