MASSAGE: MANUAL MANIPULATION
Massage, or manual manipulation of the body, has an incredible capacity to heal chronic pain and improve restricted range of motion due to structural deficiencies caused by scar-tissue adhesions and peripheral nerve dysfunction.
It is an integral part of both the prehabilitation and rehabilitation processes, creating the potential for the body to realign itself to a more perfect position in all activities. If done in conjunction with a well designed exercise program, the results can be swift and dramatic.
There is no more efficient way to reduce the structural asymmetry of a body than skillful manual manipulation, as there is also no more efficient way to eliminate existing scar-tissue adhesions and reset under-performing nerve structures within the peripheral nervous system.
TO IMPROVE YOUR PERFORMANCE IN ANY ACTIVITY, WHETHER SPRINTING OR WALKING, YOUR BODY'S SYMMETRY MUST BE INCREASED BY CORRECTING THE EXISTING DEFECTS OF THE PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM.
The peripheral nervous system's asymmetry expressed through muscular imbalance can be "rewound" back to a place in time prior to when the worst injuries have seemingly doomed the body to permanent restriction and premature aging.
In fact, this "rewinding" process can be extended beyond that, where all existing range of motion issues acummulated throughout one's entire life are corrected and the body is free to be truly flexible in all positions.
Most people are "selectively flexible", meaning that they have little interference in doing a number of favorite stretches, but are completely baffled when attempting certain problematic stretches. These problematic stretches are almost always in areas of the body that are compromised from historical injuries, yet this fact is not quite clear to the affected person.
Instead, erroneous thoughts like "I am just not a very flexible person" arise, along with an acceptance of the situation's seeiming permanance. People falsely relegate themselves to being deficient when it is really not the case.
To stretch or move with an extended range of motion, the peripheral nerves that innervate the necessary muscles must not only send enhanced electric signals, but they too must lengthen. Historical injuries can lock these nerve structures into a constant state of restriction.
Under-performing nerves can be identified, freed up, and re-stimulated directly to "wake" them up again by an extremely skillful massage therapist. The ability to lengthen peripheral nerves that innervate under-performing and constricted muscles is one of the key skills that a masterful massage therapist must possess to achieve a superior result for the client.
Yet, most people, having tried massage by massage therapists and acupuncturists, as well as manual manipulation by chiropractors and physical therapists, are underwhelmed by the results.
The truth is that there are few professions that have a greater disparity in the skill level between practitioners than massage/manual manipulation therapy. Sadly, the schools of massage and physical therapy in the USA are most times woefully inadequate in teaching specific techniques to treat these peripheral nervous system issues.
The question begs:
CAN YOUR MASSAGE THERAPIST TEST YOUR RANGE OF MOTION IN A PROBLEMATIC MOVEMENT OR STRETCH AND KNOW EXACTLY WHERE TO APPLY PRESSURE TO EXTEND THE RANGE OF MOTION?
I have received the highest level of training available in Asia from a number of Masters with whom I apprenticed over the course of a couple of decades. These Masters passed on to me volumes of techniques and theory about how to manipulate the peripheral nervous system. Built in to these techniques are extremely precise methods to "unweave" scar-tissue adhesions while attending to the peripheral nerves.
TO UNDO EXISTING SCAR-TISSUE ADHESIONS IN AN INJURED AREA, A MASSAGE THERAPIST MUST HAVE POWER, PIN-POINT ACCURACY, AND A SUPERIOER UNDERSTANDING OF MUSCLE, TENDON, LIGAMENT, AND NERVE STRUCTURES.
At the most populated end of the massage therapy profession in the USA, there is a sea of practitioners who can give a massage that is only good for relaxation, not real therapy for the body. At the other less populated end, there are therapists who can permanently change your body for the better at a glacial pace. At the most elite level, there are only a few who can change your body dramatically.
For example, the reality of the situation is that out of the whole population of professionals doing manual manipulation in the USA, about 1% knows effective techniques for precise treatment of the psoas muscle. This skill is critical to be able fix sciatic nerve disorder or to "unweave" the eixting scar-tissue adhesions accumulated from a lifetime of athletics to improve core strength and low back/hip/leg performance.
As you can see in the picture, access to this muscle structure is blocked by the small and large intestine of the body. One has to navigate through the abdomen to treat the psoas, a rare skill indeed..yet it is easy to see how critical this muscle structure is to the health of the lumbar nerve plexus that innervates the muscles of the hips and legs, core strength, locomotion, sexual function, etc.
I have fixed many psoas cases who had previously seen highly recommended physical therapists (some who treat professional athletes) with little or no result, thinking that they were doomed to pain and reduced performance for the rest of their lives. Again, having elite technique is the difference.
Does your MASSAGE therapist have the SKILL to successfully treat and heal an injured psoas muscle AND THE NERVE STRUCTURES OF LUMBAR PLEXUS?
This is just one compelling question to ask if you are interested in maximizing your body's ability to thrive. The answer is that you now have access to the most elite bodywork ever designed by humans...so what are you waiting for? Start the process now so you can enjoy an enhanced version of your body ASAP.