Feeling Out of Balance?
Do you sometimes feel like the person on the right in fig. 3 above? Out of balance with one shoulder higher, one hip lower, one leg turned in. While few if any of us are perfectly symmetrical these body contortions do not interfere with our daily activities until eventually the body screams out “enough”. The muscles that have to compensate to allow the weak or over stretched muscles to function in our daily lives finally get our attention with sore necks, low back pain, sore hips and on and on.
Some of our daily activities are contributing to the problem. The plumber in fig. 3 with his head cocked to one side or the office worker in fig. 4 with her computer monitor to high or to low can develop restrictions in their neck that lead to global head pain.
Many factors contribute to the pain one of these clients may feel. Overstretched and weak muscles recruit other muscles to help out and compensate which leads to muscle dysfunction, discomfort, and pain.
The bottom line is, pain comes from many different sources, in many different forms and can be interpreted by the brain in many ways. Therefore, as one of my mentors Erik Dalton says, “chasing the pain” can be a fruitless and frustrating experience. Combining the science of how the body works with the art of touch is what Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques is all about.
My goal with clients is to get the body in alignment - shoulders on the rib cage, neck on the shoulders, head balanced on the neck – It is amazing how much pain disappears as this goal of upper body alignment combined with pelvic alignment takes place. Muscles work better as blood flows more freely increasing circulation and oxygen.