The intervertebral discs are like a cushion for the spinal joints. They need to be flexible and strong to maintain stability and mobility of the spine. The disk is the only structure in the body that has no independent blood supply. It is filled with water and hyaluronic acid which gives the disk integrity.
Being postural misaligned and dehydrated from long hours of sitting will cause the disk structures to lose pliability and they can collapse and bulge. Decompressing the spine and maintaining movement will help the disk to stay plump, moist and supportive.
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The longest nerve in the body is the sciatic nerve that runs from the lower lumbar structures behind the gluteal and down the back of the leg into the heel of the foot.
Any nerve impingement along this communication pathway will cause a shortening and potential spasm of the neuromuscular feed into the compacted tissues.
This can be perceived by clients as a dull or sharp pain depending on the severity of the impingement. Weakness and movement compensation is the main symptom.
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Pain is and of itself is an inflammatory response. Stuck tissues where joint, muscle of connective tissue can become hypoxic or de-oxygenated from poor circulation. Pain is always a symptom and hard to precisely locate but it can be relieved by specific lengthening of the restricted soft tissues and with the increase in blood shunting can and often does give very quick relief to the site of pain.
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Flexibility And Mobility
The Stretch and Align program of assisted flexibility training to correct posture and optimize mobility via physiotherapy therapy modality that is gaining traction the world over. The body’s musculoskeletal system includes bone, muscle, fascia and connective tissue.
This represents 45% of the total body mass. Our system of specific, layered and targeted flexibility training will address the restrictions and resistance right into the joint structures where the true mobility is determined.
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Sports injuries are on the increase whether from low impact activities like Crossfit HIIT works outs of from repetitive overuse sports like golf and tennis. Pre-habilitation or Pre sports preparation is key to preparing your body for the functional movements that those sports require.
All power sports require huge attention to the flexibility training as most injuries occur at the very end of the range of motion of a particular joint. In golfers the follow through swing phase places 8 times your body weight on those delicate lumbar structure. Flexible strength is key to stave off back injuries.
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The structural relationship between the pelvic, the hips and the lumbar spine is crucial for optimal movement and postural integrity. According to the British Medical Association 92% of all back pain is due to mechanical dysfunction followed by muscle imbalances.
Only 4% due to wear and tear. This means that bringing the symmetry and alignment back to anatomical neutral position will help in relieving most of the common back pain symptoms. Stretch and Align quickly identifies short and tight musculature and slowly but gradually unwinds and unravels those tense tissues.
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Most neck pain will come about from stress and an overload of the soft tissue. Most people with neck pain are not aware that they are structurally and functionally dominant on one side of their body. It is easily possible to place 10-15 pounds or 5-7kgs of your body weight on your dominant side.
The vertebrae in the neck are very thin and delicate. The slightest misalignment in the cervical spine will cause compression syndromes in that part of the neck where the soft tissue overload is. Keeping the head balanced directly over the shoulders and the rest of the spine is also key for maintaining optimal posture. Stretch and Align will help you become aware of your neck and head position.
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Over 65% of all shoulder injuries occur in the gym when performing overhead movements. The shoulder is the only joint which is stabilized by muscles and not ligaments. Muscle imbalances are very common on the shoulders. Most people are very weak in their posterior shoulder girdle and they are over loaded in their anterior shoulder girdle.
Stretch and Align will help you to rebalance and centralize the glenohumeral joint and quickly release the tension on the overused shoulder muscles right into the deepest shoulder rotators where much of the mobility is determined.
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Lower Back Pain
You place 8 times more weight on your lower spine when you sit than when you stand. Back pain is generally a referred pain from compression. In 90% of all cases of back pain we will identify the dysfunctional mechanics of the hip lumbar pelvic area and then unwind the soft tissue to decompress the lumbar structures.
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The knee is the largest and weakest of all the major joints. It is vulnerable to compression forces from rapid acceleration and stop and start movements in sports. The knee must be aligned with the hips and the knees must be pointing straight forward with the apex of the patella also sitting squarely in the middle of the knee joint.
Keeping the quadriceps flexible will help to keep the knee joint fully mobile. The hamstrings are an important stabilizing muscle group and support the knee, preventing injuries from occurring.
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