LOOSENING YOUR BODY STRUCTURE
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© April 2013, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
A very important part of a nutritional balancing program is to keep the entire body structure loose and limber, and moving well. This is a lot more important than you may think. It is also important that children do not develop twists and tightness in their body structure.
When I speak of this subject, the reader may think of methods such as chiropractic or other methods to help this process. However, there is more to it. The methods that we use to prevent tightness and twists in the structure, and to undo existing tightness include basically all of the aspects of nutritional balancing science. Understanding how this is done using these methods is the subject of this article.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LOOSEN YOUR STRUCTURE?
Loosening the structure is a way to help it to move better, balance itself, keep enough blood and nerve energy flowing through it, and thus keep it healthy. It is very important for health, especially in some people. We find that some people have mainly structural problems, while in others, the structure is not too bad and health problems occur in other areas, instead.
Loosening the structure means to keep your body structure open, balanced, moving freely and able to receive all the blood and nerve energy that it requires. This is actually a tall order. To understand it better, let us examine how the body structure is made and how it functions.
Our body structure is quite amazing. Inside, it looks somewhat like the structure of the wings of early aircraft. These were made of wooden or metal ribs that were covered with a thin cloth material, and thin metal wires connected everything together. Our body structure is something like this.
In the body, the hard structures are the bones, which are held in place by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Muscles are special tissues that contract in length when stimulated by a nerve impulse. There are some 650 of them in the body. Tendons are longer, fibrous tissues that extend out from the muscles and connect muscles to the bones. Ligaments are simply long, fibrous tissues that support the body and connect to the bones, in almost all cases.
Other important connective tissues that are part of the structure include the fascia. This is composed of several layers of thin fibrous tissue that covers all the organs and other structures inside the body. The skin is another fibrous and elastic tissue that covers all the organs and bones of the body. Together these form the basic structural system of the body. They must work and move together correctly or you will be in pain and have restricted motion.
The structure of most people is weak, unbalanced, too tight and does not move properly. Often, it is adhered improperly, which means stuck or glued together.
If the structure is not correct, you will likely feel some pain upon movement, posture will be incorrect, and eventually you will develop certain diseases. These include arthritis, scoliosis, kyphosis, injuries, hunch back, bowed legs, double joints, headaches, neck aches, back aches, sciatic pain, and more. For more on this subject, see the article on this site entitled Tight Tissue Syndrome.
WHY DOES THE STRUCTURE TIGHTEN UP?
Babies. Babies generally are born with a very flexible and excellent structure. There are exceptions due to birth trauma, for example, in which an arm, shoulder or skull is torn or damaged during birth. Damage can also occur after birth by a fall, or often by someone pulling or lifting a baby or child by the arms or legs. Never lift a baby or child by the arms or legs, even in playing with a child.
Structural problems usually begin around age 2 or so when a baby starts to walk and falls down, injuring the structure repeatedly. This can cause imbalances that just get worse with each fall, injury or incident. Head trauma is particularly harmful. In most children, this all goes unnoticed by the parents unless they are trained as to what to look for, such as legs that are not quite the same length or little twists or torques in the spine. Visiting a good chiropractor right after birth, and on a regular basis after about age 2, can significantly reduce these early structural problems. This should be mandatory in the health care system, and the population would be far healthier later in life.
Stress is very bad for the structure. The other factor that tightens the structure of babies and young children is stress of any kind. Loud noises, yelling by parents, rough treatment, too much crying of the baby, or any upset will tighten the structure. Many babies develop what is called the “cringing posture”, which is a way to cope with stress.
The cringing posture involves lifting the shoulders toward the head, jutting out the jaw, and tightening the upper back. This throws everything out of balance, ruins posture and sets a person up for many more problems later on by compressing the organs and damaging the spine.
If you notice that your child is developing the cringing posture, please know that something is wrong and it needs attention.
Medical damage. Other insults to the structure in babies and infants occurs due to medical exams, with the pulling of limbs, and the use of shots that hit near or on nerves, either damaging them physically or more often, injection of a drug or vaccine that damages a nerve, tendon or ligament.
The damage is often subtle and no one notices until the child starts to favor one leg or arm over another, or the child develops scoliosis due to uneven muscle strength, for example. Even the stress and pain of giving shots is harmful. For these reason alone, one should not give shots to babies and children except in dire emergencies. For more about vaccines, read Vaccination on this website.
Babies nutrition and structure. Feeding a baby pasteurized milk, or anything other than mother’s milk or perhaps raw goat milk damages the structure by weakening the ligaments, tendons and muscles.
Sugary foods, fruit, fruit juice, wheat, too much meat and eggs, and not enough cooked vegetables also can compromise the structure indirectly by affecting its nutrition.
Many nutrients are involved in the production and maintenance of the body’s connective tissue. Among the most important are copper, zinc, manganese, vitamin C, bioflavinoids, and others. Most people are low in zinc, and often copper is biounavailable, as well.
Causes of structural damage in childhood and adulthood.
Sports. As soon as children begin to play sports, especially boys do a lot of damage to their structure. All roughhousing, wrestling, riding bikes, running, football, baseball and other contact sports are among the worst. So are accidents while roller skating, ice skating, and in line skating. Among the worst sports are skate boarding, surfing, skiing, water skiing and other vigorous sports of this type. Please keep your children away from these sports to preserve their structure.
Only a few children are lucky enough to escape these accidents and injuries to the structure. Once again, prompt chiropractic care would help a lot, but does not prevent accidents, of course. Only avoidance of these very physical sports can do that.
Nutritional weaknesses. Nutritional imbalances become worse and worse as most children become older and move into adulthood. Also, toxicity of the body with metals and chemicals, and perhaps with radiation becomes worse with age in everyone.
Emotional traumas. In later childhood and adulthood, in particular, emotional and mental traumas also leave scars that can easily twist the body structure as the body seeks to cope and compensate for them.
Accidents, injuries and surgeries. These often leave twists, torques or adhesions in the body structure, and inside around the vital organs, as well.
Medical drug use, toxic exposure, and other insults to the structure. As with babies, medical insults such as drug use, dental procedures and more can affect the body structure. Exposure to toxins is another possible problem.
HOW TO LOOSEN THE STRUCTURE?
A complete nutritional balancing program will help a lot by balancing and strengthening the body, by restoring dozens of nutrients to the tissues and removing toxic metals and toxic chemicals that irritate, bind up and damage the body structure. In addition, the program helps to reduce stress of many types, relaxes the muscles, and properly hydrates and oxygenates the body.
A nutritional balancing program also includes specific procedures to loosen the structure:
1. The use of a sauna every day. Any sauna use, and in particular using a lamp sauna, can be helpful to relax, rebuild and restore the body structure. For more on this subject, read Sauna Therapy.
2. Moving energy down the body from head to feet. This mental exercise helps move energy through the acupuncture meridians and other channels, and this can help restore the structure and keep it open. To learn more about it, read Meditation For Healing.
3. Foot and hand reflexology daily. This method also helps the body structure quite a lot, at times. It works by a different mechanism to unblock various energy channels and reflexes, and can be quite amazing when done regularly and properly. For more, read Reflexology on this site.
4. The spinal twist procedure. This is described in a separate article entitled How To help Adjust Your Spine. This is part of all nutritional balancing programs, as it is so important to do daily.
5. Deep breathing, and in particular breathing powerfully into the spine and thus expanding it. This can literally break loose some adhered fascia, tendons or ligaments. The technique is simply to lie down comfortably, with no tight clothing on, and breathe in as deeply as you can. As you do this, imagine stretching the spine, opening up the vertebrae, the chest, the back, the pelvis and the shoulders, mainly. Do this for at least 15 to 30 minutes a day. You may be surprised how well it can work. Do not force anything!
PROFESSIONALS WHO MAY HELP
Good quality chiropractic, bodywork and massage may also be helpful. Please be careful when selecting a chiropractor, body worker or massage therapist. Too many are not clean enough, not ethical enough, and there can be other problems with them, as well. Here are some of the modalities used to loosen the body structure:
1. Regular chiropractic care. When done well, this can slowly help reduce twists and torques in the body structure, and help keep the structure moving well. for more, read Chiropractic, An Excellent Healing Modality on this website.
2. Rolfing or Structural Integration Techniques. These are common forms of bodywork that specifically focus on loosening the fascia layers, reducing adhesions and twists in these layers.
3. Deep massage. A few massage therapists only know enough and are careful enough to break up adhesions and tight fascia layers.
4. Yoga. I mention yoga to warn you to stay away. While it can loosen the spine, most people are injured by it. The soft tissue injuries are often not apparent at the time. Also, yoga tends to move the energy upward or sideways in the body, which is not good. For more, read Yoga – Its Benefits And Problems on this website.
5. Hot tubs. While relaxing, please also avoid hot tubs, in all cases, unless it is your own hot tub and you do not allow anyone else to enter it. The reason is that hot tubs are breeding grounds for diseases, even if the water looks pure and clean. Taking a hot bath is much better and cleaner.
Some people use Epsom salt baths and other types of baths to relax the muscles.