Fact: the body exists in the field of gravity 24 hours a day.

Without gravity our body would gradually come apart.

Gravity, along with habitual ergonomic patterning, dramatically “shapes & molds” our soft tissue, to provide a “structured” framework the way we inhabit our physical body.

Gravity pulls straight down. In response, our physical structure opposes that force by growing upward, resisting decompression. Our muscles, bones, and fascia were formed by a straight downward pull from gravity. Soft tissue develops in a vertical pattern, a pattern that is designed to best balance the body in the field of gravity.

However, sometimes this simple, natural pattern, becomes distorted by a wide range of factors:

Habitual ergonomic patterning from work and / or sport, past physical trauma and the lack of awareness of the pattern itself, causes distorted connective tissue.

E.g. a sprained ankle will gradually cause you to develop other problems (i.e. knees, hips, back, shoulders, and neck- as an attempt to rebalance the whole body), as you compensate to minimize the load on the injured ankle.

After an ankle sprain, More often than not, the compensations you develop, are still there, long after the ankle is healed. The soft tissue of your ankle builds up layers of connective tissue to protect the ankle, to withstand the riggers of daily life & sport. This added tension in the flesh, does not dissipate when the ankle heals, rather, the new subsequent layers of connective tissue, that were laid down, restrict movement, thus causing further tension and restriction in the body and elsewhere in the chain (i.e. the knee, hip, low back and eventually in to the neck).

Many of us, have had falls growing up, and perhaps even as adults playing sports or life in general. If the magnitude of force sustained is greater than the magnitude of structural integrity of the impacted soft tissues, this builds a layer of soft tissue distortion, much like if you were to squeeze a plastic water bottle, leaving a dent in the plastic. The body will build a layer(s) of tension and compensation built around this distortion. Ultimately this could lead to other distorted compensatory soft tissue distortion in other parts of the body, much like the ankle scenario mentioned earlier.

In both situations mentioned, this sets the stage, for the near impossible task, to begin to sort out conceptually, let alone to treat by focusing on any given symptom, resulting from these, or possibly other distortions.

“Structural and biomechanical problems are present, long before pain and discomfort symptoms ever become apparent.”

In order to bring ease the body, the whole body must be addressed as the single and connected structure, and not just the area(s) of symptomology.


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