Anyone can heal their body.
“It’s a trade secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. All healing is self-healing.” – Albert Schweitzer
Healing is personal and when it is taken slowly it becomes sustainable.
The question remains though, “Do you know what your body needs?”
* Know this: gentle discomfort and chronic pains need attention before they exacerbate into bigger problems.
Often it takes many modalities to assist in healing. Take a look at the definition of Kinesiology, it is the study of movement. Then we can pay for a multitude of other resources like physiotherapy, chiropractors, massage, and acupuncture treatments and so many others have similar purposes, to help you heal.
Even if you have the money to pay for all these phenomenal modalities…How about developing your self-reliance?
Ask more questions.
– What is happening when there is pain in your body?
– Do you palpate?
– Do you stop and listen to what the body is telling you?
– Or do you suffer?
Obviously, it takes practice to stop or simply slow down. Life is very demanding.
So how do you listen?
We’ve been told time and time again that we need to meditate more… to slow down.
Will you close your eyes after finishing reading this one sentence, to breathe in nice and slow, and feel where the breath is flowing?
Here’s a suggestion to learn how to sit. You’re probably sitting right now, but that is simply not good enough now is it?
– are you leaning to one side or your ankles crossed over?
– straighten out the spine by sitting at the edge of the chair
– take the feet flat, hip-distance apart
– lift the chest
– shoulders relaxed
– chin parallel to the floor
– top of the skull reaching towards the ceiling
What I am really asking you to do is to tune in… quieten the mind, and breathe.
Shiva Cor offers a combination of medicines and has taken Exercise Science to put together a unique set of Workshops and calls it, “Trigger Point Myofascial Release™”.
💥 Yin yoga – is not restorative yoga. The sensations are often intense and generally focused on connective tissue stimulation, not total relaxation.
Students are encouraged to find an appropriate edge and remain still while using props to ensure that the posture is maintainable. Going deeper should not be the goal, as much as making sure the posture is appropriate for them.
Yin yoga is the medicine used at the beginning, as well as following any trigger point release. Long stretching has been proven to lengthen the tissue and creates strength in the connective tissues.
💥Kundalini yoga – incorporates specific movements, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and chanting of mantras. The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness with your true self.
💥 Trigger point myofascial release™ – amalgamates the science of kundalini and yin yoga into a personal healing system using your body, breath rhythm, and uses home props to release tense tissues.
Step One… Land!
Getting comfortable in your seat becomes easier with conscious breath. It really doesn’t matter how long you can sit, would it be for 1 to 60 minutes. This process is here to slow your thoughts down long enough to increase your awareness. In time, it will include no fidgeting.
As you breathe in and out through your nose, slowly, for at least 4 – 6 seconds each way the body relaxes and calms the mind to a point of becoming more receptive. Yes, this can be termed meditation. Simple, right?
Now that you’re ready, allow your body and mind to share with you, in a non-judgmental way, (hence no thoughts). There are a number of different ways to meditate (I hear there are over 200), and the goal is not to get hung up the fact that you are actually meditating. All you are doing is slowing your breath and perhaps experiencing some greater awareness.
Now let’s take a closer look at some key elements when learning how to listen to the body talk.
Step Two: Posture Why is our posture so significant? To me, this is an obvious answer, but not everyone may understand the importance of having a healthy posture, and more importantly, how to achieve it.
When developing a better posture it often takes time. Dealing with the old stuff and healing weaknesses and tension in the tissues is only part of the journey. Repetition and persistence come with knowing how and what to do about it, hence, learning.
When it comes to the pain many different issues are caused by poor body mechanics. Remember what I said earlier about breathing? Take a look above at the way people stand. You can imagine the difficulty in breathing when the airway is not as open in most of the postures shown. Practicing a couple of ways of doing things properly won’t take too much time, however, creating a new way to move, sit, sleep, drive, the way you walk, gate.
But so what, as long as you are learning and creating subtle changes everything can transform, in time. Ultimately, our body mechanics differ from one person to the next. An important thing to note is that trigger points usually come from chronic activity. A lot of times it is because our less-than-best posture creates these points, or better understood as pain and knotted tissue.
SO What Are Trigger Points (TrPs)? The most simplified answer to this question is Trigger Points are knotted muscles. They are the little balls you feel in your muscle belly or tissue. Pick a sore spot and touch it with your fingertips, for example when you rub your neck and shoulders. These TrPs are contracted tissues that are mostly accessible to touch, they are also measurable under a microscope. The most amazing point here is knowing you can release the knotted muscle yourself, and upon that release, there can be immediate pain relief! Check out how to find trigger points.
Basically, the brain is not even aware of the tensions that are being held within your tissue… until there is pressure on the area. With trigger point massage and/ or self-care, feedback reaches the brain immediately to send a message to the muscle to relax. Sound simple?
Sure it is, but more truthfully, there are many studies and a couple of encyclopedias with a lot of complicated information. This is one reason why I am compelled to help people find their way in creating their healthy pain-free body.
This is good news! With a little bit of knowledge and self-care practice, you will be well on your way to a better, pain-free body and life. Knowing that pain is simply a message, and YOU are LISTENING. Now, you will have the confidence in knowing what to do about it!
Simple things like purchasing your own Trigger Point Workbook from amazon, and/ or taking a few hours in a trigger point class or workshop can give you a kick start to know what to do about your own issues.
Let’s start by having your pain relief become Permanent Relief.
Figuring Out Low Back Pain
Have you suddenly dropped to your “hands and knees” and had no idea why? Nothing like active trigger points in the quadratus lumborum muscle to take you out of normal daily living. These QL trigger points are always on the list when it comes to acute low back pain complaints. When the trigger points are chronic they become a key player in the onset of sciatica symptoms and hip pain complications.
The QL trigger points are indeed the “masters of low back pain”, and if you are interested in “figuring them out” here are some important things that you need to know.
The Quadratus Lumborum Muscle
The quadratus lumborum muscle group is somewhat hidden and plays a prominent role in normal body mechanics. With its functioning to hold the posture upright in the human body it is impossible to maintain.
Some extra information is below:
Causes of Trigger Point Pain typically develop from lack of stretching or improper stretching, however, it can also be caused by stress/trauma, repetitive motion, or even poor posture.
QL: Quadratus Lumborum
Other common causes are:
sitting without firm back support (slumped posture)
prolonged sitting in a chair without armrests, or armrests that are too high, or too low (leaning to one side)
cradling a phone between ear and shoulder
one leg shorter than the other
typing on a keyboard that is too high
prolonged improper sleeping position
playing the violin
overly tight bra straps
carrying a purse (prolonged hiking up of the shoulder)
head-forward posture (poke-neck)
walking with a cane that is too long
Reduced circulation in trigger points will eventually lead to muscle shortening and restricted movement which further accentuates the pain, thus completing a cycle of decreased mobility and further pain. This commonly becomes the underlying cause of chronic headache pain and has the person continue to suffer from these until the problem trigger points are treated directly.
Common Symptoms of Trigger Point Pain residing in the trapezius and shoulder/neck muscles are:
headaches on the temple (tension headaches)
pain behind the eye
dizziness or vertigo
severe and/or sharp neck pain
stiff neck (limited range of motion)
intolerance to weight on the shoulders (purse, backpack, etc.)
pain on the back of the shoulder pain or on the inside of the upper arm
a deep ache over the top of the shoulder
a burning pain close to the spine between upper shoulder blades
Common Conditions of Trigger Point Pain Often Misdiagnosed and are mistreated and may be relieved immensely with just one treatment.
4 Rotator Cuff Muscles
Carpal tunnel syndrome – neck muscle trigger point
Frozen shoulder – rotator cuff trigger points
Headaches – as mentioned above
Sciatica or low back pain – piriformis and/ or gluteus trigger points
TMJ (temporomandibular joint)
Tennis elbow, elbow tendonitis