Movements as Treatment

meditateFor a long time now movement is commonly used as a way of training or creating the ideal body built and more common than not these activities sometimes cause or body problems that might sometimes end up in, pain, strains or sprains. Are you aware that movements can also help heal the body? For in this age and time most of us think that the only ones that actually help the body heal is some full body massage or maybe a relaxing hot soak. I would like to share a bit about movements as a tool for healing the body.

As you know all of us have a preferred leg or hand which we tend to use most of the time. This is more often than not a very automatic process and is pretty much based on how we grew up. In scientific terms we call this handedness. For the body the more you use a certain part of the body the more the muscles in those parts get stronger. Now if one part of the body gets stronger than the other parts they tend to compete for leverage. When I mean leverage it is where they are attached. For as you all know of muscles need to be attached to a bone so as to be able to move a body part. Now if one part of the bone gets to be pulled in one direction the entirety of that part tends to accommodate for the part that is pulled. This causes the body to have pain or be more prone to sprain and strain. For this one it is going to be of great use to strengthen the weak part that tends to either stabilize the part or the ones that pull the bone in the opposite part. Now this is the reason that most practitioners just seem to strengthen muscle compartments as a whole but this is not wrong per se but might need more checking so as to make sure that you are doing the right thing. This is the reason why form during exercise is very important and it is better to be able to do an exercise with little repetition but in the correct form. As such it might be helpful if you are given a new exercise that you are supervised in doing it for the first sessions I would recommend supervision for at least 2 to 3 sessions for it seems like after this time more or less the client is able to replicate the exercise without fail. I won’t tell you to do an exercise with 100% accuracy for that is almost impossible within a few sessions but it would be best if you would be able to do it as close as possible to perfect. An example of this is when I was doing the second Kata or stance of the Kashima I would usually roll from the effect of wrong form due to the sword being front heavy but after a few supervised practice runs I was able to keep my balance due to having the proper form. Another advantage of keeping your form during performing exercises is that you get the contraction of the right muscles getting the right muscles means strengthening the wrong muscles. As much as possible try to avoid movement substitutions, Usually I do this by putting proprioceptive cues such as a finger or tape just make sure to ask for permission to do this beforehand.

Another use of movement as a treatment is the ability of the body to better support the movement through the stability of the movements using postural muscles. I usually focus on the stability of the body first before going to teach then exercises because more common than not if the body is not properly stabilized it will collapse under pressure. Having the body support itself by having stable core muscles is a good start. As you can see I said stable core not strong core for a six pack does not mean you have a strong core muscles as to the technical details of it, I guess I can enlighten you a bit the core muscles are the ones that somewhat are in the abdominal region, the diaphragm and the small muscles of the back. The problems start when the big muscles do the work of stability as well as movement as they then to get tired quite easily. That unnecessary action of stability is the ones that sometimes cause the body to send pain signals or limit the movement of the body part. During my encounters with the treatment of some shoulder problems there are some limitations because the upper parts of the spine aren’t stabilizing properly as such stabilizing the body caused an increase in shoulder motion to full and all this was pretty much pain free. This management was done without the painful stretching.

Another use of movements for treatment is the use of the inherent power of the muscles itself sometimes the muscles just seem to just try to protect itself since the body thinks that the problem is still quite new even though it’s been there for years. And yes I said that the body remembers some injuries that you have already forgotten but is not always the cause of the problem. As for using the inherent power of the muscle the muscles sometimes just needs to be given proper cueing as to how string they need to fire so as to be able to more as sometimes the body itself seems to lose the ability to regulate the contractions itself as such these over reactions of the movements sometimes register as pain. These are pretty much summed in one term for the ones that work in the medical field they are called proprioceptive sensory problems. For this the most notable ones used to address this one is the Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation and I am not talking about D1 and D2 and other what nots that is not PNF. As to what the D1 and D2 means, they might be used to locate something in the night sky at night who knows. An example of this is applying a force to match the movement of a muscles as such regulating the contractions.

Another commonly forgotten use of movement is making the brain know that the injured part still exist and is still moving. Sometimes in the process of healing the brain just blocks the signals from that body part since they tend to always send pain signals. They commonly happen to small muscles and as just needs some reintroduction. You know for humans this commonly happens to prank callers you tend to not answer the number if they tend to just call you just for laughs the brain does that to. As to how to do this you just need to make the brain notice that the parts are still moving by placing some sort of feedback. For allied health professionals this is the moving 2 point and 2 point discrimination. When I was starting as a professional I always thought that these were just formalities that you need to be able to pass the paper aside from checking if the nerve is still intact. Common application is placing 2 fingers on a muscles while contracting does the trick.

The most common use of movements as a treatment is the one commonly called as the mind body connection or basically increasing the awareness of the person in the movements. These are commonly seen in the execution of martial arts in the past but not now most of the martial arts done now have lost this part. They just seem to what to do the actions in quick succession that is why more than often you also see your therapist quite often in fact also in quick succession which might not be a bad thing. Jokes aside the quick movements should not be jerky and usually comes through repetitions of practice. The quick successive movements is a show of skill not a show of speed. As such I would usually recommend doing some sort of morning training routine usually of some sort of martial arts. Personally I do the Kashima Kihon Dachi or the basic stances in the morning as some sort of morning training and as a sort of body awareness.

So these are some of the many uses of movements and how they are used in treatment.

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