I am often asked why are you treating this side of my body when the pain is on the other side? Remember we are 3 dimensional, cartoons are 2 dimensional, therefore we move in 3 different planes of motion – front to back, side to side, and rotating.
I recently treated someone who was in excruciating pain on the left side of her body at the ribs. She very obviously had a deformity on the right rib level. When I began my hands on work with her, all the pain points I actually found were on the right. Her left side was reacting to the malalignment of the right.
This imbalance is what I treat. If the skeletal system is out of whack, that will also create an imbalance in how the muscles are used, as they are attached to the bones by way of tendons.
So you can have a malalignment due to bones or muscles. With bones, as in this case, the muscles on the left were being severely shortened creating spasms and the ones on the right were being lengthened and not giving support.
You can also have imbalances due to repetitively strengthening the same muscles and not working on the antagonist muscles. This can create a malalignment in the bones due to the pull from the muscles that are stronger. An easy example, is a body builder who continues to work on the biceps and not the triceps (arm muscles). You may have seen some who have a bent elbow. This is because the biceps in the front of the arm are overpowering the triceps in the back of the arm causing the arm to bend. As a muscle gets stronger, it shortens. Now the triceps in the back of the arm are longer and weaker.
I am happy to say that a few days later I got a text from this person that she was finally able to get back to yoga and she was painfree!
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