“Balance” Your Body Back to Normal Function – Part II

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Last week, we discussed how your body naturally compensates for itself when there is any stiffness, tightness, soreness, discomfort or pain. This is the way the body protects itself from further injury and problems. We also discussed how, after the injured area is recovered, when the compensations are not adequately addressed, your body cannot fully function as it was intended, or like you would want. (IF you missed that blog, click HERE to read)

Have you noticed IF you have suffered from a knee or ankle injury, that as you limp around, your back may get sore and irritated?? Or simply watch someone with a knee or ankle problem, and notice how far from normal they are walking as they shift their weight away from pain, often hobbling around. This hobble or limp does cause the body to move very unnaturally and abnormally, affecting the legs, back, trunk and shoulders. You will never look at a limping person the same after reading this.

OR, if you have suffered a shoulder injury and moved around protecting your arm, and NOT raising it up, instead using your other arm more than usual. This also affects the body as you are guarded and holding one shoulder still, causing muscles that do not typically tighten all the time to remain in a tightened state, which causes other muscles to try to help stabilize you, as well as causes other muscles to have to move more than normal. Can you see how this shoulder injury / pain can cause your neck to get stiff?? Your back to get achy and tight, and even your hips to feel sore from moving in an abnormal way??

Or, what happens when you wake up with a “crick“ in your neck and you cannot turn to one side or the other?? Do you realize your shoulder tries to help protect your neck, and often is elevated (into a shrug like position)? What affect do you think this has on your back, your other shoulder, or even your hips?? Do you see how when one area of your body is injured, it can affect areas that have nothing to do with that injured body part??

One way I easily address these issues is through a treatment called Total Motion Release (TMR), which I use to do a quick full body scan, comparing right to left sides of the body in the shoulders, trunk, hips and knee areas, as these are the “major” areas of motion in the body. What makes this approach a little different from the normal, is we work the “better” side of the body, which brings the body back into balance more quickly and comfortably, than trying to work the more restricted side. I show the first motions to compare and treat on this video. It is simple and easy to perform, and the results are relatively quick to feel. IF you have any questions, PLEASE feel free to email info@volkpt.com, or you can visit our website at www.volkpt.com for more information. On the website, you will find videos of clients who were treated on their first session with TMR and see their faces and results, as well as testimonials of other clients who have received care in our clinics and their responses as well.

Next week we will give the other two exercises that I typically use to help balance out the body. Following that, IF you have knee issues and cannot squat, I will show you the number 1 exercise that I have found to alleviate pain with squatting, and I GUARANTEE you have not been told to try this to alleviate knee pain.

Dean Volk PT, MPT
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