Alignment- Should we focus on the Universe or only the individual stars?

Alignment- Looking at something under a microscope makes it impossible to see the whole.

“Are we focused on the connective fabric of the entire Universe or only the individual heavenly bodies?”

    “Are we focused on the entire connective tissue of the body or only the individual muscles?”

    This a macro vs micro perspective on postural alignment based off my education and application experience aligning structures.
    I receive a lot of clients that have been given perscriptions for individual muscle solutions which frankly they aren’t working for the overall alignment. I have seen time and time again microscopic approaches to change a whole system…

    Yes they make changes as we do make small ripples in the cosmos as individuals but with a step back unity focused approach we can make GREATER AND FASTER changes. Just like if 7 million people decided to forget about economy and focused soley on conserving the environment… Imagine what could get done. Who doesn’t like results?

    It all sounds symbolic because it’s well relevant. Think of a fractal for example- yes there is a change as everything is connected fractaling into the infinite collective replica of the whole.

    The body works the similarly. Down to the solar system of our cells. Can you tell which one below is the human cell and the solar system? That’s fractals baby.

    Ok back to the body and alignment— we can look at our body as a Universe instead of a heavenly body. Each star a joint connecting to the other by a web of fascia overlaying the movers, shakers and stabilizers aka our muscles. (Movers and shakers is a pun ) trying to make my analogy comparing us to the universe more fun… And why not make it ryhyme or wait, ok never mind… Back to the point let’s talk about how we move the joint .

    So we all know there is an origin, insertion and action for each muscle.

    The microscopic approach would say “hey this muscle isn’t firing!” ok that’s a place we can start.💡

    Now back up from that close look and take a look at the sliding filament theory (microscopic cellular level perspective of the sarcomere) hahahahaha but really and not really (we want to see how that fractal affects the whole).

    optimal resting length– basically you get more bang for your buck in potential to realized output of the muscle if it’s at a natural length-tension relationship.

    In other words is the muscle not firing because it is short? Or because it is too long?💡

    Soooooo maybe the muscle that isn’t firing is too lengthen from the antagonistic muscle being too short…. The only way we can see this is to back up and look at the joint. Now taking it even further

    All movement begins in the pelvic floor. But that does not limit a peripheral/distal joint injury from creating a kinetic chain issue through the whole body.

    Soooo maybe if we back up even more when we see that pairing of shortened / lengthen muscle partnership we can find that their is a deeper more pelvic related source. Like I said it could stem from “one time I broke my foot” which translates into a limp (asymmetric weight distribution shift) which translates in pairs of opposing muscles (couples) feeling the strain on their relationship. Generally, it’s identified as pressure on the joints – all our suffering is found at the attachments – (loved ones/ pairs / relationships) but the identified join pain is not necessarily the source but is found somewhere in the connective tissue web that has created a bad length-tension relationship and is putting suffering where those partners attach. (I hope you are getting the heavy symbolic fractal of muscle length-tension relationship and our own human relationship between each other and how suffering is found at the attachments of relationships)

    Reciprocal Inhibition Synergistic Dominance (via NASM)– is by far the best approach to dealing with joint alignment and will help a lot of what I stated above make sense.

    Altered reciprocal inhibition – Concept of muscle inhibition, caused by tight agonist, which inhibits its functional antagonist. Example tight psoas(hip flexor) would decrease neural drive of the gluteus maximus (hip extensor). Altered reciprocal inhibition alters force-couple relationships, produces synergistic dominance, and leads to the development of faulty movement patterns, poor neuromuscular control, and arthrokinetic (joint) dysfunction.

    Synergistic Dominance – Neuromuscular phenomenon that occurs when inappropriate muscles take over the function of a weak or inhibited prime mover. Example if psoas(hip flexor) is tight, leads to reciprocal inhibition of gluteus maximus, which in turn results in increased force output of synergists for hip extension (hamstring complex, adductor magnus) to compensate for weakened glutes. The result of synergistic dominance is faulty movement patterns, leading to arthrokinetic dysfunction and eventual injury(such as hamstring strains).” -NASM

    I will stop here… Marinate on that for a while and next we will talk about the fascia lines aka the web of our Universe. Then also why Symmetric Rolling System out performs any other out there for creating a structural change. photo- Anatomy Trains

    Till next blog ❤️☀️

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