Muscles form a massive web, connecting one location to the areas around it and moving out progressively to other regions at greater distances. What we notice is the tight muscle that restricts our movement or the location that is painful, grabbing our attention. The most frequent treatment is to massage the painful region. Various types of massage can be done on the painful location, some of these can lead to inflammation and soreness. Repeatedly the difficulty remains and the pain returns. This cycle can last for years. One way to change this is to find the fibers that are forcing the problem region to tighten. As this pattern was noticed, Control Muscle Release Therapy was developed.
Many of us work at computers or spend time sitting or working in a manner that tends to pull the head forward. The issue is that we seldom relax enough when the task is done. We need to allow all the muscles to release and let the head return to its home above the neck and upper back. If the head movement becomes restricted, the head frequently starts to be pulled forward. Muscles that are meant to control the head now are called upon to support the head. As the head is pulled forward, the neck vertebrae stack in such a way as to restrict movement of the head. The head-forward position is supported and or caused by muscles tightening in other areas.
When the head is pulled forward
it has many effects on the body:
- The shoulders round forward.
- Head rotation is reduced because vertebrae are moved progressively toward structural restrictions.
- The nerves in the neck have muscles tighten over them, frequently causing pain.
- Blood vessels for the head have side pressure placed on them.
- The forearm bones rotate such that pressure is placed on the Medial Nerve at the carpal tunnel.
- The spinal muscles tighten to support the head. This can compromise sports performance.
- The occipital muscles (base of the skull/top of the neck) tighten to allow the head to be held upright, so that vision looks forward. The problem is that these muscles can get so tight that blood flow is restricted. This can cause a headache or even a migraine. It can also can cause restricted head movement
- The low back tightens to help compensate for the back supporting the head.
- The quads tighten to help counterbalance the low back.
- The calves tighten to help support the quads and the low back.
- Many more items can be added to this list, all are part of your body’s method
of supporting the head being in front of the home position over the neck.
This same type of example can be given
for many other zones in the body:
- The pelvis can start the cascade of support changes.
- The feet can start the cascade.
- Hand use can be the beginning of a long cascade of support changes.
Sports frequently involve repeated actions that teach the body to develop certain muscles. Sports also result in force applied to the body, such as tackle in football, a fall in basketball, a hit in hockey and the list goes on for many sports.
Jobs may teach the body to have an imbalance of muscles. Playing the violin is done on one side; as are many musical instruments. Many times a plumber assumes positions that are not easy on the muscles. This list can be extensive with each task having its own way that it teaches the body to compensate for abnormal functioning.
Everyone has fallen down at some time in their life, and the body remembers some of these falls by holding muscles tight (this is a defense to help the body heal). Difficulty with mobility occurs when muscles stay tight and scar tissue forms, holding the body in a fixed position.
Control Muscle Release Therapy requires an extensive understanding of the relationship between the functioning of a joint and the distant locations that can restrict the motion of the joint. Releasing the distant tensions is normally much gentler and frequently fairly easy. Based on the 20 years of developing this theory, the long term stability of this type of release is substantial. Some of the clients that I am still in contact with after 10 years (or longer) after this release therapy have kept the improvement!