Braveheart is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I am using that image to gratify my inner warrior... but, it also begs the question: If we are made as humans to desire freedom, why do we often settle for a lack of freedom in how our bodies are functioning?
We fall into restrictive patterns and accept them as "getting older" or "an old sports injury". Yikes! I will sound the cry for FREEDOM of physical movement and vitality!
So last week when we talked about flexibility, I got some really good feedback off of that. And the conversation came up about freedom of movement. So when I move, can I move freely? And if I can't, how do I change that?
Flexibility is not determined by your muscles. It's determined by the signals your muscles are being sent. So your nervous system is really in charge of your flexibility. And the same thing happens with moving freely. So if I want to do something like reach up and change a light bulb, many people don't have smooth, free motion.
Okay. Many people will get part way and then there'll be a little hitch and then they'll have to really squeeze in and compensate. Okay. So what is that what's going on? As I move through, my nervous system is telling muscles what to do, but if there's been some trauma, if there's been an issue and it says, Oh, can't use this muscle.
Okay, can't use this right here. I can't trust that. So I'm going to overuse this. That's going to cause. Compensation and those forces to be distributed differently. Now that's my body working outside of the way it's designed to do, but if it's been doing that for a long time time, how do we get it back?
How do I get to be moving freely? According to how my body's designed, as opposed to having like hitches and glitches, right. And compensation patterns, the key is in retraining, the nervous system. Now those tissues might have some damage. Those tissues might have. Old injuries and scar tissue and whatever it is, but unless it is, is something that is just horrendously torn up and flopping in the wind.
Okay. Those muscles should be able to absorb force if they get the right signals. So what's most people's plan after getting an injury to move freely. Again, it's hope it's wishing well, guess what hope is not a strategy and a wish is not a plan. So if you don't have a significantly set plan of how can I create this free movement again, then you're probably unlikely to get there.
So with neuro-therapy, what we get to do is hunt down, which areas are not communicating well, and then work on, re-educate getting them to the level that the body needs to use them for the movement demands that the person needs. So I need to just raise my arm. I need the right muscles to all participate In sync with each other. And I need a concrete planned way to do that. Hope is not a strategy. A wish is not plants. So if you are wishing your body would move better. If you are hoping that someday after this injury or this surgery, things will go back to normal, that doesn't really work and that's nothing and that you can count on.