Myoskeletal Alignments – What your posture says about your well being
What exactly is Myoskeletal Alignment?
Myoskeletal Alignment is a modality within Manual Therapy that treats the deepest layers of the muscular system. From the simple easy tasks to the physically demanding activities, the body can develop Fibrosis which is an over development of fibrous connective tissue that can cause multiple issues with a person’s day to day life.
Typically a massage can only affect the first couple of layers of fibrosis on muscles that are easily accessible. Unfortunately, this leaves a lot of deeper layers of fibrosis untouched and over time can cause pain. Here is a few examples of what can happen when the deepest layer of fibrosis is left untreated…
- Lose or Limited Range of Motion
- Vertebral Dysfunction
- Irritation of neural tissues
- Scarring and Thickening of body tissues and joints
What’s the difference between Myoskeletal Alignment and a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Both of these manual techniques goal is to restore joint mobility. However, the major difference is the application of force by the practitioner onto the patient. Here are a few key point differences between the two.
Myoskeletal Alignment does the following…
- A kinder and gentler approach to skeletal alignment.
- To create whole body alignment simply by working through the bones to release hypertonic muscles.
- Works segments as whole instead of single units.
- Can safely correct alignment problems in the myofascial and skeletal systems as preventative care.
Chiropractic Adjustment does the following…
- High velocity / low amplitude adjustments which is sudden and strong adjustments.
- Majorly focuses on the skeletal system and joint manipulation to forcefully adjust the affected area back into place.
- Only addresses the dysfunction of the affected area and not the body as a whole.
- When the individual experiences substantial loss in range of motion, skeletal pain, and/or joint problems caused by serious trauma is when Chiropractic care is needed.
Myoskeletal Alignment can be used by a manual therapist to help the individual maintain optimal range of motion and to reduce joint pain. When used frequently, this can help control the development of fibrosis.