Base-Line Healing


Base-Line Theory of Human Health and Movement:

The Five Main Muscles of Movement and

Conscious Proprioception.

A body that is balanced and aligned is in better health.

By Leigh Blyth B.V.M.&S.

The main muscles of movement are the 5 paired (left and right side) muscles that are of key importance to our physical and mental well-being.

When properly functioning, the 5 main muscles of movement provide the central framework for the body to work as it should - strong, balanced and pain-free with a full range of natural movement and a good posture.

Our pelvic floor (actually a group of muscles), rectus abdominis, gluteus maximus, rectus femoris and trapezius muscles.

The Body's Base-Line.

Central to the main muscles of movement are our Base-Line muscles.

The body's 'core pillar of strength' when activated and extended.

The gluteus maximus and rectus femoris muscles of each leg work in tandem to connect our legs to Base-Line support.

The trapezius muscles should be free to fully extend in all directions, supporting the head and arms through a full range of movement. With Base-Line support in place, movement of the upper body should begin from the lower trapezius.

Conscious Proprioception.

Increased awareness of the sensory feedback from the body regarding its position i the basis of conscious proprioception. By focusing on how we use the main muscles of movement, centered around Base-Line we can develop this connection between body and mind, sensing and correct our posture to reduce the stress and tensions (pain) on our body. Feel how to heal. Work through physical restrictions, regain our natural range of movement, release the tensions and improve our sense of well-being.

Anatomy of Alignment

body alignment and balance

The body is aligned when all midline anatomy can be arranged on the straight line of the median plane.

The body is balanced when left and right sides in equilibrium either side of the median plane.

The linea alba (between the rectus abdominis muscles) is the primary midline reference for body alignment.

The supraspinous ligament and nuchal ligament (between the trapezius muscles) are our secondary midline anatomical guides for alignment.

Pain of Misalignment

I believe that many of the chronic pain symptoms and syndromes currently classified as idiopathic are due to the adaptations of the body when the main muscles of movement are not adequately functioning.   Stresses on other muscles - myalgia of imbalance - and restrictions that form in the connective tissue system can cause physical tension resulting in varied and widespread painful symptoms.

Chronic pain affects our mental well-being, and was the root cause of my long-term depression and mental health issues.

Leigh Blyth B.V.M.&S.

The rectus abdominis muscles are the central support connections for the 'body threads' that correspond to every position the body can get into. (See thread theory). The relevant areas of the rectus abdominis muscles need to be active to support the associated pose, and the connective tissues along the thread free of restrictions.

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