Over time, and as an ailment progresses, a person tends to develop compensations of various degrees, both physically and chemically, (and perhaps even emotionally if you consider how pain and illness affect emotions) often due to injuries and myofascial restrictions. These compensations are the body’s way of dealing with the problem by adapting to change so the person can essentially “live to fight another day.” They must be further investigated in order to determine what is contributing to or maintaining the problem at its source.
The body often requires that injuries and myofascial restrictions and morphodynamics are resolved first before perhaps deeper health issues (such as an immune condition, for example) can be investigated. Tissue morphodynamics can be a significant health burdens in and of themselves, however.
An “injury,” in many instances, is how the body actually perceives some abnormal response – a person does not actually have to sustain trauma (such as an accident resulting in a broken bone or laceration) to have an injury present. Many injuries are myofascial tissue-type problems that must be addressed via some manual therapy which encourages and corrects the restructuring and reorganizing of the fascia to more optimal morphologies.
Abnormal patterns develop from compensations layered upon compensations – the body is unable to adapt. System Heath Care techniques identify many hidden injury compensations by using compression methods. This is most likely due to some imbalance between tension and compression, or the biotensegrity within the human body. Injuries, myofascial reconfiguration, and their respective patterns need to be corrected before dealing with an organ issue that is being affected by that injury or tissue morphology. To be clear, you may see the need to treat an organ and then find injuries to treat after that, and then perhaps find another organ to deal with after those injuries or myofascial problems are corrected. But if these structural problems affecting the organ function are not resolved first, then you will be treating compensatory problems rather than the primary issue.
This is why the myofascial and other non-visceral/organ work is vital to the success of helping the patient to recover and heal. The overall beneficial effect on the body’s systems whether nervous, immune, endocrine, or other, can be often realized even during treatment. By improving pain perception, stress hormone levels decrease. By decreasing inflammation, immune cytokines are regulated. Less pain and inflammation and increased healthy motion will affect the entire body and every body system via the nervous system and therefore the entire fascia network. Mechanoreceptors are interwoven throughout the structural system, and they communicate between and within each body system, making them all intimately interrelated. This essentially forms continuity between all systems, from one to the next, eventually acting as one entire system.
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