Have you ever had a time when your muscles get so tight that the slightest attempt to move seems almost impossible without causing pain?
Yeah, me too...
On my way home from the Westchester Ultimate Summer League Championship game my right groin was starting to spasm. I remember driving my car looking like a fool trying to create space for my hip. Nothing seemed to be working and every time I accelerated, my groin progressively got worse!
Of course the sensible thing to do would be to pull over and lengthen my hip through a series of lunge matrices (Gray Institute) to avoid a complete lock up. However, by this time I was already on the Hutchinson Pkwy hungry, thirsty and fatigued so I just kept on movin' and groovin' in the drivers seat.
These kinds of experiences are never fun and may limit our abilities to carry on with optimal function. That's why its best to prevent these situations as much as possible using soft tissue therapy techniques coming from a manual therapist or yourself.
Tissue Release is simply a sense of softening and relaxation that is perceptible when the technique in use has come to successful completion.
One or all of these factors may be involved in any one perceived Release.
1. Relaxation of nervous reflexes which have produced increased tissue tone.
2. Tissue morphological change from elastic resistance to viscous compliance.
3. A sense of increased passage of fluids through the tissues under treatment.
4. A sense of increased flow of energy through the tissues under treatment.
5. An emission of increased heat radiating form the appropriate body region.
(source: The Upledger Institute)
I believe that taking a holistic approach to wellness will positively impact the bodies ability to expand its entire sphere of function. The soft tissue needs nourishment just like everything else in the body to perform at optimal capacity.
This radically simple approach of avoiding long periods of stillness, eating real nourishing food and living with a purpose all promote a healthier version of yourself.
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