Looking beyond the confines of posture
September 30, 2011
Within our body is a network that is not only surrounding every structure to give it shape and protection but a system that is working independent of biomechanical movement. It reacts, adapts, conforms, mutates, and creates tensional integrity of our entire being. This concept goes far beyond the outdated models requiring neuromuscular reaction to instigate connective tissue adaptability or that the musculoskeletal system is the primary system of stability, structure, or posture. It is in fact reversed. The neurofascial network allows proper motor control to be obtained. If the tissue that supports, protects, and stabilized all cells and structures within us is inefficiently doing it's job on a micro level, when you look at a body on the macro level of posture, structure and our overall form you are seeing the affects of the deep stabilizing system NOT doing it's job. What you think you see is muscular imbalance. However the issue and cause goes beyond muscles and bones.
The study of human function and longevity continues to diversify and expand as the need to perform more complex surgical procedures develops. As the intricacies of surgical procedures have developed, so must the equipment used in the procedures. Due to advances in machinery on a microscopic level, we are now able to view the body in a more detailed way.
It has been more by luck than focused research that has allowed some of the most profound advances in human science to arise over the past 9 years. For example, Dr. Jean-Claude Guimberteau and his team were some of the very first plastic surgeons to stumble upon the neurofascial network as we define it today. While reconstructing the flexor tendons of the wrist, they noticed a vascular network in the connective tissue sheaths and tendons with the use of a 25-fold video magnification microscope. It is the very first time such equipment was used in this particular surgical procedure. These structures are at a microscopic level and not seen with the naked eye. Gil Hedley also shows us the fascial dynamics in his layer by layer disections. It's amazing what the body is really comprised of when you don't just look at the separate parts, rather view how things connect.
So when you think about postures, what you must realize is "fixing or improving postural alignment" is really not a very realistic goal nor is it helping the issues of structural imbalance or joint compression.
Postures change from moment to moment. Getting stuck in one posture would be horrible. In this picture it's not a posture this guys is stuck in, it's his STRUCTURE that has been deformed. You can't make yourself change structure, you can only change your posture with your mental will.
You need many to exist in day to day living situations. What we should be looking at when we discuss improving the longevity of our function is how the STABILITY SYSTEM is functioning before we look at how a person functions.
That's where MELT can really help. MELT is a technique to reveal or uncover the true potential of a body's ability to stay stable. It improves the stability of a body by accessing the tissues that support our cells and allow them to thrive in a stable environment. In doing so, this reduces accumulated stress that can alter neurological communication which ultimately creates poor posture, poor movement, and joint compression. Before you exercise your way into better function, MELT you body into better stability. That way when you do exercise, you do that better and ultimately, the goal of improved structure, posture, and movement can be obtained.
More to come on this topic. Just a thought of today...