If you have been looking for an answer to your pain and know that your injury/complaint is termed as muscular, finding the right practitioner can be confusing. I wanted to believe that an exercise would resolve my pain and as such studied musculoskeletal rehabilitative medicine. Rehab as it is known in the physical therapy profession is a physical medicine concerned with the correction of structure using exercises. There are many authorities in this subject of which point to the ‘core’ or the ‘inner unit’ as it was originally described in the 1980’s. The core essentially is the pelvic floor and the abdominal-hip movement complex. You may have already been told by somebody that you likely have a weakness or an inflexibility in one or more components of the ‘core’.
The truth is that most of us will experience back or nerve pain in our lives – and a speedy recovery is therefore essential for your development or decline in health.
Whether you are helped by a fully-trained and registered Chiropractor, a Physio, or an Osteopath you are probably not fussed about what their exact title is.
Osteopaths, Physios and Chiros can and often do employ an enormous range of therapies into their practice an no practitioners are the same – even within the same profession!
Chiropractors and Osteopaths are highly trained in making specific ‘adjustments’ to your body that are safe and effective for most types of pain and restriction. Physios tend more toward rehabilitation style therapies for the body and do an amazing job with tissue tightness.
There is so much cross-over these days as many Chiros and Osteopaths focus on sports therapies, which was traditionally the realm of Physios, and now some Physios endeavour to learn basic manipulation for their set of skills.
Posture is something we here at Phelps Family Chiropractic have found to be responsible for short, tight and weak muscles.
I had previously thought like that you that I needed to improve my muscle strength and core and after much work, time, and pain whilst working on my core. I eventually created a herniated disc, and unfortunately, I became weaker. I employed specialists to observe my movements, and went on to teach many people how to change their movements albeit with only little success.
Working together with a small group of chiropractors and other health professionals in the UK, US, Australia and Europe we focussed on posture and now use a new method to assess your posture. You are in a relaxed position of slouching, that is not you holding your shoulders back, chest and tummy in!
One issue that we find is that people have their own definition of what posture is. We describe ‘real’ posture as being how your body holds your skeleton and tissues up. NOT how your memory and sense of self holds you up!
Posture is seen essentially by the shape of your skeleton and the tension in your muscles, spine and importantly the tissues surrounding your spinal cord in your spine and not so much the muscles.
There is a tendency in medicine to focus and describe muscle and ligament strains of which are certainly present in injuries, but what about if you have no trauma but pain?
What is causing these micr-traumas? or perhaps injuries?
Does changing your movements and physical habits solve your pain? Maybe! However, this is similar to thinking that you need to change the world to change your experience of it.
People wrongly believe that their skeleton shape is fine. Most people are seen by us to be crooked from head to toe, not because of muscle problems but because their skeleton is crooked. This is a result of poor bone alignment, bone deformity increasing faulty movements and consequently pain..
Amazingly, there is an assumption that as bones are the strongest tissues in the body that they don’t bend or flex like other tissues. Think of a tree for a moment that is leaning to one side due to the elements and perhaps over time. The branches like your bones respond to the stress and grow in the direction of the stress!
This new syndrome illustrates nicely ‘one’ way in which we are breaking our bodies down!
The most prevalent physical stress here on earth is gravity ~10 m/s/s. Our senses feel this as our weight.
Please consider that if you are a desk-jockey, standing all day, or even just looking down at your phone, etc for several hours a day. The average human male head weighs ~6kg/13lbs and this against gravity using your muscles, connective tissue, meninges and bones.
Your muscles tire (which they will eventually) this weight of your head pulls bones out of alignment all throughout your body (but especially the base of the neck and lower back). Your muscles (no matter how strong) cannot “pull” every bone back to the correct position as we don’t have a muscle for every direction. In the spine (from the base of the neck down) we cannot pull a bone from front to back.
Since the bone alignment is off, your relaxed posture is off. Your muscles cannot fix you and you are stuck. The longer this cycle continues, the tighter some muscles get in “response” to the stress. These tight muscles are mostly in your posterior chain as they hold up your head. Other muscles become weak as they are not needed in the head down position e.g. deep neck flexors.
After several weeks/months/years the bones twist and change due to the severe pressures they are under. There is lots more to it though!
We can correct this problem using Advanced BioStructural Correction (TM) that is suitable for infants, adults and athletes.
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