muscle system specialist

An Explanation of How We Help Clients with Pain &/or Mobility Issues

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We improve client’s Muscle Systems to help them:

  • Move better (more ease, less restriction)
  • Feel better (less pain)
  • Be able to do more and not get hurt (tolerate more)

DEFINITION

Muscle System (MS): All skeletal muscles (they attach to bones and cross joints), your brain and spine, the nerves that run to and from the brain and spine to the muscles, tendons, connective tissues, and sensory receptors (in muscle, tendons, skin, etc).

The quality (defined later) with which your MS works is related to 1) How you feel (pain/no pain, tightness?, required effort?, etc.), 2) How you move and use your body (range of motion, intensity, and amount), and 3) How much you can do and not get hurt (tolerate).

Your MS “working” means your muscles can generate tension and stop generating tension based on what you need or want them to do. (Generating tension means your muscles pulling their ends together, or contracting.) Therefore we could say the quality with which your muscle system generates tension within a specific set of conditions* is related to 1) How you feel (pain/no pain, tightness?, required effort?, etc.), 2) How you move, and use your body (range of motion, intensity, and amount), and 3) How much you can do and not get hurt (tolerate).

Your MS is unique as it is the ONLY real-time/responsive system you can control. Control means change on demand.

You can change your muscles in several ways:

  • Contract them or not
  • Contract them with more or less tension
  • Contract them faster or slower
  • Contract them for more or less time

You cannot contract (or change) any other part of you. Other parts may move or change length/thickness/shape (tendons, ligaments, cartilage), but it results from your muscles changing ir maintainingtheir length.

Real-time/Responsive means your MS can sense, and change to the demands. “Demands” is another way of saying forces or challenges your muscle system faces. Your MS senses and responds to the continually changing forces it experiences. For example, if you lift something more or less heavy, your MS can sense and appropriately respond to the different requirements of lifting something heavier or lighter. The same goes for walking versus running, keeping your balance when someone bumps into you, or just bending and moving your body. No other parts of you can do that. Your bones, tendons, ligaments, fascia, etc. don’t change moment by moment to force requirement changes.

How “well” your Muscle System works is related to 1) How you feel (pain/no pain, tightness?, required effort?, etc.), 2) How you move and use your body (range of motion, intensity, and amount), and 3) Your ability to do more and not get hurt (tolerate).

Your MS “working” means your muscle system generating tension within specific conditions*. How “well” it works is described by HIGH or LOW quality.

  • Your MS adequately generates tension within a specific set of conditions, which is defined as HIGH QUALITY.
  • Your MS inadequately generating tension within a specific set of conditions is defined as LOW QUALITY.

As Certified Muscle System Specialists, we seek to identify the aspects in which your muscle system functions at LOW QUALITY and improve that function to a HIGH QUALITY, thereby allowing you to:

  • Moving better (more ease, less restriction)
  • Feel better (less pain)
  • Be able to do more and not get hurt (tolerate more)

We improve MS QUALITY to help our clients in pain because of the physio/neuro/musculo/sensory connection between how someone moves and feels.

The Connection:

Move Well (more ease, more range, less restriction, less effort) -> Feel Well (no pain)

Move Poorly (less ease, less range, more restriction, more effort)-> Feel Bad (pain, tight, stiff)

Traditionally, historically, and predominately, it is thought that people cannot move as easily, as far, with less restriction and less effort BECAUSE they are in pain. As Certified Muscle System Specialists, we recognize how chiefly it is the other way around. Namely, people largely feel pain BECAUSE they cannot move well. Recall that the only thing that moves you is your Muscle System. If your Muscle System cannot function at a high enough quality, you cannot move well (more ease, more range, less restriction, less effort), and therefore, you don’t feel well (pain).
Improve how you move, how you feel, and what you can do.

*Conditions include joint position, full-body configuration (orientation), and degree of fatigue.