Throughout life, your body is bombarded with traumas, big and small. Each time your body compensates: to avoid pain, absorb the force of impact, support poor posture, or work around a new movement limitation, it finds the path of least resistance. With each trauma, your body adapts....and adapts some more....layering compensation on top of the compensation, until it runs out of options. That...
Throughout life, your body is bombarded with traumas, big and small. Each time your body compensates: to avoid pain, absorb the force of impact, support poor posture, or work around a new movement limitation, it finds the path of least resistance. With each trauma, your body adapts....and adapts some more....layering compensation on top of the compensation, until it runs out of options. That's when some version of the "single event" that brings people into our clinic happens. For example, You reach into the trunk of your car to lift a bag and your back "gives out". But it isn't the one stretch that's done you in, it's the accumulation of compensations. This final event is just your body saying, "Enough!" Over time, you incorporate the compensation into your overall pattern of movement.
What affects your fascia affects everything. Fascia is the connective tissue that runs throughout your body. It's a dense, elastic web that supports, connects and separates your bones, organs, muscles, nerves and blood vessels. It connects every single part of you with every other part of you. Your fascia plays an integral role in your healing process. Your fascia might for example, thicken and strengthen in one direction to increase support for an injured body part while lengthening in another direction to accommodate a new position. As it stretches or tightens, it affects all of the interconnected structures in its web. It can create lines of tension, put pressure on blood vessels and nerves, and force muscles to work in new ways. This is how trauma to one part of your body can result in pain or chronic irritation elsewhere. The fascia also acts as a shock absorber, when you fall, get hit, a car accident, it distributes the force of the impact throughout your body. An impact injury to one part of your body can cause a ripple effect throughout your fascia and the internal structures it connects, as the force is dispersed. The original injury may show up later as pain in another part of your body.
When structural stress is the source of pain, the ONLY way to alleviate the pain is to correct the structure.
Muscle Energy Correction involves contracting the muscle in one direction against a fixed resistance and then gently stretching it again in the opposite direction. Tensegrity is finding the lines of tension in your body for their source. The place you feel the pain isn't necessarily its source. Muscle Energy Correction addresses spinal alignment and brings about long-term stress relief and pain reduction.
The objective of Muscle Energy Correction (Onsen training) is structural and functional correction, pain relief and optimizing health. When you achieve balance, you will likely have less pain, It is safe to say, freedom from pain equals freedom of life.