November 23rd, 2018
Life takes so many unusual twists and turns and our bodies are along for the ride. The human body is such and amazing machine. It is designed to move us forward regardless of any road block in its path. What do you do when you are walking down a path in the woods and there is a tree blocking the path? You go around the tree or over the tree. The body does the same thing when it comes to pain, injury, and dysfunction. But just like going over the tree that is blocking the path instead of moving it out of the way, your body will continue to take the new longer path unless the original issue is cleared up. If you want to move more efficiently than you need to address the road blocks in your body.
This is where manual therapy comes in. Manual therapy is an interactive approach to cleaning up the pathways from the brain to movement. Before we move, the brain sends a signal to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments to tell the body to make that movement. If there was an injury to that area (a road block) the body will send the signal to whatever muscles, tendons, or ligaments it needs to in order to make that movement. Just like the fallen tree, this new movement path may be much longer than the original path. This is okay and necessary for while the injury is healing but can become problematic after the body has healed. After all, wouldn't you rather take the shortest, most efficient path?
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