I’m Patric Jansson. My aim at being a therapist started at a young age when I gazed towards becoming a physiotherapist. I practically grew up at a gym and started lifting heavy stuff at an early age. Eventually, I spent 20 hours a week at the gym, and as I improved, my ambition to compete in powerlifting emerged. Eventually, the lifts got up to squatting 180kg, bench pressing 150kg, and deadlifting 230 as I kept the body weight below 83kg.
… But as I actually got there, I noticed that I’m not particularly competitive.
The interesting part seemed to be the bodies and the physical attributes. To see what they can tolerate, how they adapt to what they’re exposed to, and how it’s moldable and possible to change. I went from becoming a massage therapist and personal trainer to courses in nutrition and physiotherapy at Uppsala University. There were courses in Dry Needling and a decent pile of books over time. I got a decent hunch about what worked from studying and having a clinic for a decade.
But I also got a hunch about what didn’t work. Eventually, more and more people showed up who were bothered primarily by mental problems causing them pain. The troubles weren’t caused by the physical aspects – but they sure wanted help with just that part. Completely hopeless situation. If you’re bothered by gravel in your shoe, you’ll have to get rid of the gravel to solve the problem. But it seemed too hard for people to get help with those parts. Not particularly gravel, but with stress, depression, and long-term pain, which was what I saw most of. I’ve seen how they’re treated in healthcare here. They’re often still bothered years later.
With most things I do, I reason that pharmaceuticals can be a practical tool – it can definitely be a part of the treatment – but it’s not the entire plan. A big part of what I treat is treated with nothing but pills in healthcare. Painkillers, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, sleep aids, and insulin are some of them. Sometimes extraordinary tools, but I want to look at the why when I help people and try doing something about THAT. Why is the problem there – and what can we do to solve the problem, rather than masking and mitigating the symptoms by affecting the physiology through pills? We often can do far more than medicate. It’s not rare to see that people are fine without their medications after changing their situation enough.
So, my interest and focus shifted and now lie primarily in helping people who are bothered by burnout, depression, and long-term pain. To do so in the best way, a broad approach is usually necessary. A bunch of communication, discussion, and reflection to know what people really want and need is helpful – and plenty of action to get that change is then essential.
Techniques like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT, have become necessary to apply to treat troubles related to sleep or anxiety, but they’ve also been used to treat troubles related to food. Problems related to anxiety and sleep and getting a dysfunctional relationship with food are common when you’re bothered by stress or depression.
Hoarding is another thing that could be treated with CBT. In some cases, “CBT” isn’t even necessary, but rather just to get going and make the change. I’ve done so with clients before as a part of taking action and getting a grip on life since the environment around you could be so very important. I like the concept of minimalism, though I don’t think you have to get as few things as possible. It’s rather something that goes hand in hand with Essentialism, as I’ve written about before.
Passive treatments with massage and perhaps dry needling are still used. Preferably used alongside thought-through, personal, training.
Diabetes has been controlled. This is a growing problem, but some insight into diet, movement, and basic physiology is often enough to get this under control. Support while doing it seems to be incredibly helpful to get things right and to keep things up. Diabetes seems to be a problem you can get from too much stress for too long, so caring for a decent chunk of life could be necessary to both prevent and treat. Insulin isn’t the only relevant aspect.
Writing has become a notable part of life, which resulted in The Book with a Solution to Burnout, Depression, and Pain. If you’re curious about treating those parts, that’s a great place to start. There’s some reading available on the site and the blog. In the English part of the blog, I’m writing about “the more relevant things”, related to life, exhaustion, depression, and pain. I keep the more relaxed parts related to cooking, gardening, and mead in the Swedish part of the blog.
Outside the box, I spend some time brewing, sharing, and teaching others about mead (Swedish how-to) and helping people with their gardens (also in Swedish). Because it’s important to do pleasant stuff, as well. =)