When we talk about over compensation of muscles, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is compensation a dirty word to you? Is compensation and necessary mechanism of the body to you? Either way, you are right. The body's beautiful ability to compensate is a necessary vital function. Like any good thing, anything can be overdone.
So, what causes the muscles to over compensate? Anything, really! The major players are repetitive use and the after effects of traumatic injuries. We do not do anything symmetrically. If we did, that would look pretty funny. When we do the same thing, the same way, day in and day out, our body begins to adapt. Do you like to sit cross legged? Do you sit with one leg folded under you? Are you a side sleeper? Everyday things that we would not normally think of, in addition to the things that we know we do, can contribute. The painful affects do not always manifest right away. You can have a new pain from something that happened in childhood. Traumatic injuries are another one. Ever wonder why the worst of your pain after a car accident doesn't become obvious right away? Again, the compensation can take some time. I have recently worked on people who felt like they had the beginnings of whiplash setting in, but we caught it fairly early. One had a bike accident and the other had a car accident.
What can be done about this? Compensations do not go away on their own. Once our body adapts to something, it typically stays there. However, proper assessment is important. Massaging a tight muscle, without knowing WHY it is tight, can create instability, that can leave you worse off in the long run. Ever wonder why the problem always seems to come back? There are many wonderful therapists, tools and techniques to choose from. Do you homework and ask around. I use a couple of tools, out of the many wonderful tools available out there. One, is called neurokinetic therapy . It is muscle testing that shows why a muscle is tight and shows where the problem is really coming from. An example would be finding an abdominal scar compensating for the core, causing back pain. Scar release of the scar, retest the core to get it properly functioning again and BINGO, no more back pain. A back rub would have done absolutely nothing for that. Another tool I use is Voila for structural joint balancing. It is a gentle techniques that tests your equilibrium for dysfunction causing pain. When the joint structure is balancing, the secondary muscle pain will often go away. An example would be: Leg length differences have been corrected in as quickly as 3 breaths
and have stayed corrected. Leg length differences can cause a lot of
hip, back, neck and shoulder pain.
There are many wonderful, outside of the box tools, to pick from. Columbus, Ohio alone, has many wonderful therapists with some very healing tools that can give long term results, if you are open to it. Some of the most effective tools out there are not traditional or anything you would normally expect. Look around and see what is out there!