If there is a deficiency in the usage of the main muscles of movement the body tries to compensate by using other areas of other muscles to mimic their action (working muscles) but the burden of movement is unevenly distributed and the body becomes imbalanced.
Muscles become over-burdened and stressed leading to fatigue, spasms, strains and pain.
These 'mimic muscle' areas that are activated depend on the body's position at the time as well as external stresses, habits, past injuries and skewed brain-body map that an individual has developed.
The burden shifts around and around as the body adjusts its posture trying to avoid the painful areas.
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?
The body should be balanced around our Base-Line muscles. If not,the body becomes increasingly tense, unbalanced and misaligned.
Many others have noted physical restrictions on the body using various terminology ('fascia' is popular). I use the covering term 'connective tissue' for the body-wide web of fibrous tissue that surrounds and links all the other bits of us.
Physical restrictions form in 'connective tissue' after trauma, due to inflammation and as part of the tissue repair process.
Connective tissue gets sticky, then it gets stuck = physical restrictions.
The effects of trauma, inflammation and the healing process are well documented (but still subject to research) Inflammation is a topic too complicated for me to cover in detail.
Traumatic injury causes the tearing of tissues and vascular damage with leakage and the release of inflammatory factors etc. The healing process is complex (fibroplasia, granulation, collagen deposition etc.) involving the creation and cross-linking of collagen fibres. Wounds contract, restrictions form e.g. scar tissue, surgical adhesions.
Main injuries (whatever's bleeding or broken) are treated, but the effects of trauma can be widespread. e.g. an impact shock radiates throughout the body - micro-tears and micro-restrictions leave an 'imprint' of the 'max-stressed position', effectively 'storing the trauma' on the body.
Physical restrictions also form as part of the body's adaptation to imbalance.If the main muscles of movement are not adequately functioning the body lacks their central support. In an attempt to compensate, physical restrictions form in connective tissue, 'reinforcing' areas under stress. The body tries to avoid pain (signals saying: watch it! protect!) by making adjustments above and below the injury - twists, kinks, tilts and compressions. This maintains a functional posture but increases the body's misalignment and imbalance.
Physical restrictions may not be noticed at first. Like a few loose sticky plasters all over, then maybe a few tacks up and down the body, then ropes and glue and nails ... The body is very adaptable.
If imbalance is not corrected, more and more restrictions develop, forming chains of misalignments spread throughout the body. The body stiffens. Micro-restrictions become macro and range of movement becomes more nad more limited. Restrictions in connective tissue become like a scaffold. Tensions, Pain and Weird Sensations. Along with the myalgia of imbalance, tensions from the physical restrictions generate sensory feedback resulting widespread pain and weird sensations that can occur from head to fingers to toes, along affected 'patterns'. Some of the sensations were scary at first, but I was so young when they started I didn't know any different. I got used to a lot of pain over the decades.
After injury, the connective tissue system adapts forming micro-restrictions (my words) to provide additional support whilst the injury heals.
These restrictions are then released if range of movement is regained after injury - resetting back to baseline healthy, if the main muscles of movement are fully utilised.
For those of us that don't release the restrictions, the injury and the compensatory 'support' stays with us and the rest of the body must makes adjustments to posture, and in the process becomes more misaligned.
spread across the body for each position they support. first linear criss-crossing to form a web hardening to a scaffold....
I would be interested to see the histopathology of the thickenings and lumps that I could palpate in my subcutaneus tissues. The lump in my neck....
Think surgical adhesions, scar tissue, sticky avelor
As my Base-Line connection developed and I could start to feel my alignment (or very much lack of) I became aware of how restricted my range of movement was and how these restrictions applied physical tensions all over my body.
I believe these restrictions were in my connective tissue system as it tried to provide additional support to my body and in a response to injury (of which I have a long list).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 naturally tries to avoid pain, body-wide adjustments (think a kink left then right, forward and back) to maintain a functional posture (see below). When the body is already unbalanced, these adjustments add to the imbalance.
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 at first - a noise, a twinge, something to be avoided right? With Base-Line support in place the sounds and sensations are part of the healing process as you regain a little more freedom in your connective tissues.
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 with constant pain, especially when the cause is unknown.
Our mental health deteriorates. 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 and start to feel how to heal yourself.
A functional posture at its most basic:
Subconscious adjustments are made throughout the body - twists, kinks, tilts and compressions - as the brain sees fit using your sense of proprioception (running in the background) to send messages to muscles. using 'mimic muscles' in an attempt to compensate for misusage in the main muscles, but the body is imbalanced and imbalance leads to further imbalance.
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.Releasing Restrictions. When an injury has healed the body should regain a full range of natural movement by releasing restricted tissues and 'resetting back to baseline healthy', if not then cumulative damage = trauma stored on the body. I've come across various therapies that release physical restrictions - "myofascial release" appears to be the commonest term these days. Self healing is possible. I worked though and released the physical restrictions myself. By: Working from my Base-Line muscles. Developing my sense of conscious proprioception. Instinctively moving to release some tension. Regaining a little more freedom of movement each time. Constantly moving. Letting go. Working towards aligning my body. Imaging a ribbon from pelvic floor to back of the head. Full extension, smooth ribbon is alignment. Physical restrictions: I have felt 'releases' - pops, cracks, kruppals all over. I have seen them, I have heard them. Working through the pain and tension. Slowly regaining my natural range of movement, guided by my Base-Line. The sounds and sensations of releasing restrictions might be scary at first - a noise, a twinge, a shock - but they FEEL RIGHT. Never force anything. As I released physical restrictions I had mental releases too. A session of movement, using the roll down, working from my Base-Line and moving as felt good. Experiencing the physical releases, then feeling a build up of stress, flashes of trauma - memories and emotions that also needed to be released --> a melt-down, crying, screaming, feeling my face writhe as the tensions worked themselves out. The deep sobbing extending my Base-Line, my body unwinding and some stress being released. (physical restrictions a component of PTSD? 'physical memories'). anger, fear, self-loathing ... Experiencing my issues and then the details were gone, history. A sense of calm afterwards. Learning to let the releases happen then let them go. No longer embarrassed or ashamed of being a mess. Knowing I was making progress.. The mind-body wants to heal and return to a state of balance and alignment. Made possible when the central framework of the main muscles of movement is active. Healing involves releasing the restricted tissues and regaining a full range of movement - including returning to positioning of trauma. Relive to release, working from Base-Line to alignment.
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