Almost every adult has developed chronic musculoskeletal pain somewhere. It might have been an injury that should have gone away but never quite healed. It might be a nagging pain that has snuck up on you from poor posture at work. It might be an annoying restriction in your range of movement that interferes with your favorite sport or fitness activity.
In many cases, we fail to recover because we are using some faulty movement programs. This means that we are no longer moving in a way that is natural and optimal. We have developed a series of compensations and customizations to the movement program we were born with – the same program we were ALL humans are born with.
We might have stopped bending down a long time ago, because it hurt a little. So, we bend our knees and flex our neck a little too much. Or we might have developed some limitations in the way we use our hands and wrists and started to use our elbows and shoulder differently. Perhaps we have a slight limp is barely noticeable from a old ankle injury – and we compensate with the hip on the opposite side.
These are all real-world examples of cause and effect, but neuromuscular stabilization takes us back to the fundamentals of movement. We must be able to stabilize our bodies against any movement, no matter how small, while the rest of our body moves dynamically in space.
Infants spend about 18 months figuring this out and every child with normal development does it the same way. Treatment for adults requires re-learning these basic movement patterns.
This is a proven method for restoring normal functional movement and is a valuable technique for minimizing the impact of almost any mild to moderate impairment.