So what happens when the signal the muscle sends the brain is false?
Say you injure a muscle and damage a receptor, or are sitting at a desk too long and not getting enough blood flow. Regardless of the cause, the muscle starts sending bad information back to the brain, bad information that the brain then acts upon by setting up a compensation pattern. The brain is highly involved, intelligent, and intuitive – so most compensations go by unnoticed.
In order to understand this compensation and reverse it, it’s helpful to know how it is structured. Much like structural engineers use a triangle to distribute shear forces into compressive and tensile loads (where materials are at their strongest) – the brain sets up triangular compensation patterns by increasing and decreasing tension in muscles, also in a triangular pattern.
Often a compensation pattern will be effective and the body will continue to use it indefinitely or until by chance it gets reset. Other times a compensation will become so dysfunctional that it will create additional compensations – resulting in a 3 dimensional pyramidal pattern that can grow so large that nonsensical and seemingly completely unrelated muscles to the original are affected.
Eliminating this compensation and restoring proper function of the muscles is the primary purpose of a technique I use called NeuroKinetic Therapy™. Through specific muscular challenges, the primary source of the dysfunction can be identified and eliminated – and then reinforced with at home exercises and release work.