This week let’s look at STANDING. What? You think that’s the easiest thing in the world don’t you? You couldn’t be more wrong. Did you know there are over 600 muscles attached to your skeleton? These are called your skeletal muscles. These muscles work together to help you sit and stand.
Let’s start small..
Voluntary and yes, even involuntary muscle control is wholly based on your nervous system telling your muscles what to do. That being said let’s look at a few diagrams:
Confused? Don’t worry.
(Click on the image for the Britannica article explaining muscle fiber and makeup)
There are some detailed muscle structure diagrams there that might interest you. For more details look to (http://training.seer.cancer.gov/anatomy/muscular/structure.html). We smiled seeing the mentioning of Fascia (connective tissue). In an early post we mentioned a few benefits of Myofascial Releases.
To recap, massage meant for the “treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain,” certainly counts as an aid to injury recovery and muscle training.
Taking things down to a scale that’s manageable is important. Don’t worry, you have the rest of your life to train, demoralize and reconstruct your larger, more productive muscles and muscular systems.
Again, your nervous system, responsible to the 5 senses, sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch, is what TELLS YOUR MUSCLES WHAT TODO AND HOW TO RESPOND. A secret, most doctors and physicians won’t readily admit to though is that your COGNITIVE decision-making can play a huge roll in not only nerve regeneration but behavior, health and function.
Technically coined visualization, the ability to see yourself or your muscles doing things once said impossible can be used as a tool to regenerate pathways between your muscles, your brain stem and your spine. SEE (http://www.godslovinghealinghands.com/visualization).
Visualizing in this case is a way to harness, direct and redirect energy.
“SEE YOURSELF DOING IT,” is all the real guidance you’ll need here. Want to step higher, lift your leg that extra inch or two to clear the brush you’re walking through? SEE YOURSELF HAVING NO PROBLEM, PUSHING THROUGH YOUR PLANTER FLEXOR IN THE OPPOSITE LEG, YOUR HAMSTRING FIRING APPROPRIATELY AND YOUR QUAD RELAXING ENOUGH TO FUNCTIONALLY BEND YOUR KNEE WHILE SWINGING YOUR LEG.
Having posture good enough to stay standing is important. There are way too many limiting factors and conditions that can affect ones’ ability to stay upright to cover it all so we will only detail a few.
Scoliosis is the side to side curvature of the spine that some can be born with. Many develop Scoliosis after injury and poor attentivness.
Some other reasons for spinal curvature are muscle spasticity and condition. See (http://www.setonspineandscoliosis.com/spine_problems/back_pain.html). Muscle tone, extended prone body positioning and underdeveloped muscles fighting each other counts for big players in spinal deformities.
Bracing and surgical responses are usually later in the treatment efforts. Do your homework, find what works for you.
WL, forced to deal with certain conditions feel dealing with such issues with a “FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT” or “MIND OVER MATTER” mindset is important. “NEVER QUIT,” “PERSIST” and “BRING IT” mantras will help quiet voices, that’s it, DO IT!