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).
The body should be balanced around our Base-Line muscles.
If the body is not balanced stresses are spread unevenly throughout the muscular system. The body to become increasingly tense, unbalanced and misaligned as the connective tissue system adapts as the body tries to compensate for weaknesses and damage. The resultant pain affects our behaviour and mental well-being.
When properly functioning, the main muscles of movement provide the central framework for the body to work as it should - strong, balanced and pain-free. If there is a deficiency in the usage of these muscles the body tries to compensate by using other areas of muscle, but the body is not balanced and the burden of movement is unevenly distributed.
The body uses the 'next-best' options to mimic the function of the main muscles of movement. Working muscles. These 'wrong' areas of muscle that are activated depend on the body's position as well as external stresses, habits, past injuries and skewed brain-body map that an individual has developed.
Muscles become over-burdened leading to fatigue, spasms, strains and pain.
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?
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 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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