Life – Balance – Awareness – Tolerance

Does this sound, feel or look familiar?

The 21st Century Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s)

Sitting at a desk with hips flexed, arms extended typing on a computer…

Sitting in a car with hips flexed, arms extended driving…

Sitting down at night in an armchair, hips flexed…relaxing

Upper Cross Syndrome…

Is signified by rounded shoulders with the head leaning forward and an apparent curve in the neck and upper back. It is a common condition for a variety of people of diffferent ages and from different walks of life.

Under stress (every day living) the anterior (front) pectoral and neck muscles tighten and shorten while the opposing posterior middle back and neck muscles weaken and lengthen.

To help correct this problem…

  • Lengthen the pectoral muscles
  • Lengthen the upper back muscles
  • Strengthen the middle back
  • Strengthen the rear shoulder muscles

Lower Cross Syndrome…

Sitting for long periods of time can cause tightness and hyperactivity in the hip flexor group, through a process known as reciprocal inhibition this can affect the hip extensor group, especially the gluteus maximus, causing them to lengthen and weaken. This leads to a knock-on effect with various muscle groups in the lower back  leading to stress in the lumbar spine producing chronic pain, ostoarthritic degeneration and disc herniation.

To help correct this problem…

  • Lengthen the hip flexor muscles
  • Lengthen the quadriceps muscles
  • Lengthen the calf muscles
  • Lengthen the low back muscles
  • Strengthen the gluteal muscles
  • Strengthen the abdominal muscles
  • Strengthen the hamstrings

Muscle Laws…

  • Post-Isometric Relaxation Law - After a muscle contracts isometrically it will relax more than originally…
  • Arndt-Schultz Law - Weak stimuli activate physiological processes and very strong stimuli inhibit them…
  • The Law of Facilitation - When an impulse has passed through a certain set of neurons to the exclusion of others it will tend to take the same path in the future and each time an impulse traverses this path the resistance will be smaller…
  • The All-Or-None Response - When a muscle fiber contracts it will contract All-The-Way or Not-At-All…
  • Hiltons Law - A nerve trunk that supllies a joint will also supply the muscles of that joint and the skin of those muscle insertions…
  • Davis’ Law - If soft tissue remains in a shortened state for a long period of time it will tend to stay shortened and if in a lengthened state for a long period of time it will tend to stay lengthened…
  • The Law of Reciprocal Inhibition - When an agonist muscle contracts the antagonist muscle has to relax…

WHAT I INCORPORATE

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE: Uses long, stretching strokes to release muscular tension. The stretching of tissues and the heat imparted by the practitioners hands will help produce a softer consistency of fascial tissues, increase flexibility and range of motion. It can help address chronic conditions including headaches, lower back pain and joint stiffness.

TRIGGER POINT: A method that applies concentrated finger pressure to trigger points to break cycles of spasm and pain. It is useful in relieving discomfort from problems that include tension headaches, back pain, chronic sprains/strains and unequal leg length.

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE: A technique that releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, either following or going across the grains of muscles, tendons and fascia.

SWEDISH MASSAGE: A system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints. This treatment will relax, revitalize and renew your body. It will improve muscle tone, stimulate circulation and relieve tension.

SPORTS MASSAGE: Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. It is an advanced site specific adaption of “Swedish Massage” that can provide relief and address the aches and pains that accompany muscular overwork/fatigue, vigorous competition and exercise overload. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment.

STRETCHING: Involves techniques that utilize the body’s own mechanics, for example PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretching. It is often a combination of passive stretching and isometric contractions. The most common PNF leg or arm positions encourage flexibility and coordination throughout the limb’s entire range of motion. PNF is used to supplement daily stretching and is employed to make quick gains in range of motion to help athletes improve performance. Good range of motion makes better biomechanics, reduces fatigue and helps prevent overuse injuries.

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Don Bearham

(480) 320-9415