The body is a great adapter, able to compensate for damage and weaknesses - up to a point. But if there is a unrectified problem with the usage of the main muscles of movement, the stress on other areas of the body and the compensatory adaptations of the connective tissue system cause pain, tensions and a wide spectrum of symptoms all over the body as it becomes increasingly restricted, unbalanced and misaligned.
Clinical investigations (or enough people trying and finding out for themselves) are needed to prove (or disprove) what I have surmised from my healing experience but I am confident that the effects of using not the main muscles of movement correctly will be found to be the root cause of so many peoples' pain and, in my opinion, a dysfunction in these muscles should be considered for any pain-associated chronic health issue currently classified as idiopathic (the cause is not known).
Without the central suppport and guidance that should be provided by the main muscles of movement, the body tries to compensate by using other areas of muscle. It uses the 'next-best' options to mimic the main muscles of movement, nearby areas of muscle that can have the 'same' effect of movement, dependant on the position of the body at the time. These substitute muscles areas are more prone to being over-burdened leading to fatigue, spasms, strains and pain. working muscle
At first these substitute areas of muscle are slightly off balance. The burden shifts around and around as the body tries to avoid the pain. No balance.
The location of substitute muscle areas alters with the body's position, external stresses, also influenced by the habits, past injuries and skewed brain-body map that an individual has developed.
Stressed muscles (via their ligaments) pull on their bony attachment sites, causing pain that is often misinterpreted and misdiagnosed as a problem with a joint. why bones?
As my Base-Line connection developed I became aware of how restricted my range of movement actually was, and how these restrictions applied physical tensions all over my body causing a wide range of pain-related symptoms spanning the whole of my body.
Palpable thickening and lumpyness of my subcutaneus tissues
Changes occur in the connective tissue in an attempt to provide some stability, spread across the body for each position they support. first linear criss-crossing to form a web harderning to a scaffold....
The connective tissue system can provide additional support after an injury, giving the chance for the injury to heal. If you use your main muscles correctly you will then work through these changes and reset to baseline healthy and regain you range of movement. For those of us that don't, the injury and the compensatory 'support' stays with us and the rest of the body adapts and in the process becoming more misaligned
Changes in the connective tissue system that aim provide support to cannot be 'released' if the body is not . These changes in the ct result in physical restrictions forming, applying tension across the body.
I don't know what histopathology biospy of the palpably lumpy subcutaneous tissues I have noted. chains of thickened tissues under skin.leading to bilateral painful spots"fibro tender points"
Injured tissues get 'sticky' - due to the damage (tearing of tissues, leakage from capillaries) and also as part of the healing response. When an injury has healed, the 'sticky' tissue should be released. A person in balance will then "shake it off" If you are mis-aligned already, further damage adds to the misalignment. Sticky tissues remain stuck, the body adjusts to 'eyes forward' by adding rotations in the opposite direction above and below the injury. Stored trauma.
Pain avoidance tactics (both conscious and subconscious) affect our behaviour and activity levels. Our body tries to avoid pain when we are unbalanced but by doing so it makes itself a bit more unbalanced each time.
Self-limiting our movement due to pain (or the fear of pain) means that restricted areas of connective tissue are not released. The releasing of a restriction can be a scary thing - a noise, a pain, definitely something to be avoided right? Without a connection to our Base-Line and the sense of conscious proprioception we can't reset "back to baseline" healthy.
Chronic pain affects our mood, attitude and tolerance levels. And therefore our relationships with other people and general well-being
We don't want to do things that will hurt, so we avoid painful situations. We don't sleep well, we feel exhausted, we feel bad about ourselves. It's hard to live with. Our mental health deteriorates. Over time, shutting down and withdrawing from life whilst the negative thoughts increase.
The are many different 'coping mechanisms' to block out the pain, to numb us - some more destructive than others. Whatever yours is, work from your Base-Line.
A 'functional' posture for the body is, at its most basic, keeping our eyes level (horizontal equilibrum) body propulsion forward.
Your sense of proprioception runs subconsciously (in the background), adjusting your posture in order to keep you 'upright' and feet moving forward.
The brain can then tell the muscles of the body to make adjustments to maintain Micro-adustments throughout the body twists and kinks, the slightest of rotations back and forth. Bends or leans and mini-compressions to keep facing forward as the brain sees fit.
When doing stuff - functional posture enabling you to lift etc... 'bracing' stress distribution.... cumulative.
Sensory information used to judge balance and position of the body is provided by:
Trauma and pain cause us to alter our posture and movement style. We try protect injured areas and avoid painful positions. We tense up and place the burden on other areas of the body. We develop bad postural habits.
from micro-adjustments in our posture to avoid a specific postional arc that is painful to no go areas.
The burden of movement is shifted around and around the body, more and more muscle areas becoming stressed and more and more restrictions in connective tissue developing.
Old injuries and trauma never really go away if the body does not have the ability to reset to Base-Line.
The trauma builds up, resulting in countless layers of tension and restrictions, zig-zagging across the body. Left and right. Front and back. Head to toe to hand.
Symptoms shift around and around. Widespread knock-on effects.
The effects on my body (and on my life) of not using my main muscles of movement correctly were cumulitive, progressively worsening over the years. Other muscles that had to compensate ached and spasmed with the pain shifting around my body. Adaptations in my connective tissue system resulted in widespread physical restrictions and further pain. Over the years my behaviour changed to avoid the pain until I was wrapped in a coccoon of depression that lasted for nearly 20 years.
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Movement should not be painful.
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