Our anatomy teacher at school always began his lecture with a recipe: “First you have the bones, then some ligaments to hold them together, slap some muscles and tendons on them for movement, provide some arteries and veins for nutrition, and then the nerves to tell them what to do.” In this section, we will be focusing on the muscular component. As a fetus, we are wound up in the womb in a flexed position, and we spend our lives trying to attain extension. Our body’s muscular connection is a teeter totter trying to find balance. Our sedentary jobs, video games, poor posture, and weakened core facilitate the hunched over or flexed posture. This repetitive situation sets the stage for weakened muscle groups, chronic neck and shoulder aches and pains, headaches, carpal tunnel, chronic nagging low back pain, and other kinetic chain complications. Dr. Waldo will explain the concepts of plasticity, Upper and Lower Crossed Syndromes, why they occur, and how to correct the “stretch weak” and “stretch tight” areas through rehabilitation, neuromuscular re-education (retraining the mind muscle connection to overcome their deficits), and the use of Graston Technique.
This principle is why so many people leave care after they are out of pain and then suffer a relapse a few months later. Pain is only a symptom and the cause usually has many layers. Proper spinal mechanics through adjustments and muscle re-patterning is pivotal. Spinal rehab takes time for a change just as braces take awhile to realign your teeth. Always remember that if you are here for pain relief only we will welcome you back without any judgment or I told you so.