The body’s ability to repair and maintain itself under
varied, constantly changing circumstances and demands is extraordinary.
Our daily lives and activities or a sudden physical trauma, however, can
sometimes make it very difficult for it to continue functioning properly
without help. My work is one way to help restore the body, in a pain free
way, to proper and correct structural balance.
Muscles pull bones, and although we have voluntary control of our movements and actions, many small adjustments are being made all the time. The involuntary control centers in our brain maintain our posture and the “right positioning” of the muscles in our bodies, striving always to maintain integrity and balance. However, either through accident, constant over use or repetition of the same actions, poor body mechanics, bad posture or any combination of these, our body’s muscles get out of balance. Some muscles stay in shortened, over tightened positions while their opposites become overstretched, ischemic and full of pain. The “map” of all muscle positions and movements held in the brain recognizes these changes and instructions are sent out to the muscle groups so that balance can be restored. Because the autonomic system always tries to maintain structural balance, working through the motor cortex of the brain it attempts to reposition other muscles to counter balance these changes so subtly we do not notice them. Eventually, these new muscle positions are recognized as “normal” and the map held in the brain is changed accordingly. This cycle gets repeated until, over time, the body can make no further adjustments and pain finally signals our conscious mind that there is a problem.
Soft tissue injuries, whether caused by trauma, over use or under use
can result in long term problems. These range from the minor, such as restricted
movement, to major impairment and finally true disability. Pain can be
associated with any or all of these stages and is too often ignored. A
severe contusion from a fall, for example, will heal but the fibroblasts
and collagen fibres sent to the site of injury by the blood stream to aid
in repair are not laid down in any coherent pattern designed to align with
the movement of the muscles and joints at that point. Rather it is laid
down in a completely random way which overtime becomes dysfunctional and
Using different manual techniques in a specific, logical order on the
muscles groups and joints involved allows me to release the restrictions
that are keeping these muscles in their wrong positions and the body out
of balance. Once they are released and any scar tissue has been “functionally
realigned” so that it can now move without causing pain and discomfort,
precise stretching techniques help to return the muscles to their proper
resting positions in such a way that the brain takes note and starts to
change the “muscle map” back to where it should be. Proper patient homecare
protocols help to ensure the brain’s acceptance of the new muscle positions
and then strengthening of the weaker, overpowered muscles can begin to
ensure long term benefit.