Soft tissue injury is a very interesting topic. If we think about it, it is really the basis of the majority of what we as massage therapist work on every single day. Because of this, I feel like it is a foundation piece which every therapist should have a good grasp on. Knowing why soft tissue injuries occur and, of course, how they heal gives us a better understanding of why soft tissue conditions occur.
Now, knowing why injuries occur is one thing, but knowing why they KEEP occurring is maybe an even more important fact to know. Many of you know the basics of how muscles get injured, but do you know why certain injuries continue to return? Or maybe you need to know what causes certain muscular conditions like tendonitis and other repetitive stress injuries. These questions can all be wrapped up together and answered with one solution. That solution is the Cumulative Injury Cycle. Continue reading “Cumulative Injury Cycle…I Pulled My Hammy Again?!”
In the first part of this article (Upper Cross syndrome…Why Is Everyone So Crossed?), we went over the physical and anatomical attributes that contribute to upper cross syndrome. Not the most simple of things when you start peeling back the layers of possible muscular involvement. Now that we have the understanding lets look at the second part of this syndrome, which to some may seem like a strange angle. The emotional side of upper cross syndrome.
Upper cross syndrome is certainly an epidemic these days. Everywhere you look, you see people living their lives slouched over like they had a bag of bricks on their shoulders. Unless you are an actual bricklayer headed for a bricklaying festival (these probably don’t exist) carrying a load of bricks, you probably shouldn’t look this way. Yes, there are circumstances where genetically or structurally a person is naturally formed this way. However, the general public should have a much more rigid posture than what we have come to see as “normal” in everyday life. Even I, a genius/ idiot in my own right, struggle with a slouched posture most of the time.
I would like to delve into this issue taking two different paths. The first being that of a structural or physical view; pinpointing the reason behind this common physical issue. Second, I would like to touch on the emotional side of this which, to some, may sound a little crazy or spiritual. I am by no means one to convince people of the energy side of therapy as I practice strictly in the form of hands-on therapy, but this topic deserves a bit of this honor. I am speaking more from the standpoint of our emotions as humans and the dramatic effect that these emotions can have on the human body. I premise this by saying I am in no way a psychologist or counselor. My opinion is only derived from experience.