About Myoskeletal Alignment
Yoga Surgery is a mixture of manual release using Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, or MAT, and movement based exercises drawing from the Yogic tradition.
The manual release techniques coupled with the yoga based movement programs quickly restore the bodies natural balance while relieving painful symptoms while rapidly restoring greater freedom of movement to targeted areas and the body as a whole.
These sessions very often involve going from floor exercises (sometimes with equipment or weights) to the massage couch and then returning to the movements so as to gauge progress and range of movement gained.
The results are often dramatic and felt immediately by the client.
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[su_note note_color=”#f39200″ text_color=”#ffffff”]This technique is considered uniquely different from traditional thinking, and possibly an important next step in addressing body tension and the abnormal strain patterns caused by muscle/joint imbalances.
Advanced Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy or M.A.T consists of Deep Tissue, Muscle Energy and Myofascial Mobilization Techniques. Integrating these techniques together creates a powerful tool to fight pain and correct faulty postures. It is very effective for rehabilitation to ease the body from pain and aches. Tight muscles can create asymmetries in the body therefor leading to bad postures and joint wear and tear.
The Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques program was developed by Dr. Erik Dalton as a tool to help relieve neck/ back pain epidemic. By incorporating muscle-balancing techniques with joint-mobilization maneuvers, your therapist will identify and correct dysfunctional strain patterns before they become pain patterns.
Myoskeletal Alignment Technique (MAT) begins with a thorough postural analysis to determine where your imbalances lie. I will assess available joint movement of hips, sacroiliac, and other structures while you are lying on the table to more accurately pinpoint your particular restrictions.[/su_note]
Our bodies live for motion. ( the human body is like a pond, if it does not get movement or fresh water it begins to stagnate allowing chemical imbalance and bacteria ect to thrive.
Today more than ever people are inclined to sit for hours in isometrically contracted postures without adequate physical activity. when muscles contract, fuel is burned and waste products accumulate. Toxic by-products that develop from sustained muscle contraction are Lactic Acid, Histamines, potassium ions and bradykinins.
Inflamation, pain and aberrant (irregular, abnormal) postural patterns become neurologically involved when these irritating chemicals are not efficiently removed from the body’s myofascial system.
In a healthy functioning body, waste products are diluted and removed from muscle tissues by blood and lymphatic circulation. This process relies on the reliable operation of the normal contraction-relaxation cycle in muscles.
As muscles contract, high pressure develops on intermuscular fluids. The pressure builds-up pushes nutrient-depleted blood out and carries away waste products.During muscle relaxation, intramuscular pressure falls, allowing blood carrying vital nutrients, oxygen and and fuels to flow back into the tissues.
Prolonged isometric (muscular action in which tension is developed without contraction of the muscle) muscle contraction from hours spent in seated postures produces waste products. In time these chemical irritants alter the muscles resting length and cause the fascial bags surrounding them to lose their natural suppleness. As the myofascia shortens, structural asymmetries develop, joints are compressed and we begin to experience the beginnings of neurologically induced pain-spasm-pain cycles.
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[su_tab title=”Energy”] Energy:
Skeletal muscle is striated in appearance and innervated under voluntary control, it has the fastest contraction rate, however, prior to a muscle contracting, a nerve impulse must first originate in the brain and travel through the spinal cord to the muscle. Some kind of energy is needed for the muscle to contract (work). Mitochondria an organelle found in large numbers in most cells, in which the biochemical processes of respiration and energy production occur. It has a double membrane, the inner layer being folded inward to form layers) at the cellular level produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a chemical necessary for the production of energy. ATP is produced as the Mitochondria burn glucose (suger). Blood vessels must deliver oxygen and vital nutrients to the Mitochondria to allow steady supply of ATP for proper muscle functioning.
Extrinsic (having its origin some distance from the part that it moves)
Phasic (in phases rather than continuously) muscles are dynamic and are designed to provide quick bursts of energy, “Lets just call them our general movement muscles for simplicity, these muscles prefer burning Glucose for fuel, while intrinsic postural muscles, tonics, lets call these stabalizers, require more oxygen for sustained bodily functions such as sitting or standing. So here is the crunch, When tension, trauma and faulty posture reduce the amount of oxygen delivered to the intrinsic (stabilizers) postural muscles, they begin to fatigue and the gravitational load gradually shifts to the extrinsic musculature.
Extrinsic-phasic muscles are dynamic and designed to provide quick bursts of energy, since phasics contain a greater number of fast-twitch fibers, they do not respond well to sustained compressional loading and quickly give out: forcing the poor depleted and exhausted intrinsic to once again bear the load.
This marks the beginning of a domino effect that manifests structurally as reduced flexibility, loss of range of motion and accompanying chronic pain syndromes.
[su_tab title=”What does this all mean?”]What does this all mean?
As we age, too much tension and too little exercise greatly increase the natural loss of muscular fitness. the resulting muscle weakness or stiffness is what makes us feel our age. Exercise deprived muscles go through a shortening process, the shorter/tighter they become, the the more pressure is applied to nerves running through the muscle sheaths. This is one of the major reasons the population suffers chronic muscle aches and pains such as peripheral neuropathies (disease or dysfunction of one or more peripheral nerves, typically causing numbness or weakness)
Nervous system impairment is often reflected as malfunction in all the body’s musculoskeletal and visceral tissues.
Many manual therapy modalities are successful in helping restore our inborn ability to be healthy. Under the control of a properly functioning nervous system, all our cells, myofascia and organs are able to resist disease and ill health.
So as I mentioned, the fundamentals of the Myoskeletal approach to better health is about locating and releasing the muscular and fascial strain patterns that cause the impingment of the visceral system (Nervous system) or neural interferences, and therefor allowing the body to heal itself of conditions naturally.
A common source of nervous system dysfunction is the twenty four moving bones of the spinal column. any loss of motion or position of these bones can bombard the spinal cord and brain with noxious afferent stimuli causing an increase of sympathetic nervous system tone. Because of the way the spine is designed, abnormal spinal function caused by gravitational stress, physical trauma, emotional tension or chemical toxins can adversely affect the delicate dural tissues surrounding the spinal cord and nerve roots.
When functioning normally, the vertebrae of the spine fit together on moving joints and provide strength to spinal structures as they maintain the vertebrae in proper working alignment with one another. the cervical spine, the most mobile of all spinal segments, is richly innervated with nerve fibers that can radiate pain when joints are physically strained or injured. Once the stiffening and shortening process begins, the spinal joints lose stability and support. as the affected vertebrae become impacted, motion-restricted and misaligned, the intervertebral discs facet joints, and supporting ligamentous tissues are more susceptible to strain and injury.
The Myoskeletal method utilizes the fascia’s sensory receptor system to produce plastic deformation (or creep as it is sometimes called) to help lengthen and strengthen Muscles, Ligaments, Fascia and joint capsules that control, support and restrain spinal motion.
Aside from creating myofascial alignment and balance to neck/back structures, Myoskeletal therapy seeks to normalize articular afferent imput the central nervous system to recover muscle tone, joint play and sympathetic activity.[/su_tab]