Does your back get sore?
Do you have twinges or sharp pains in your back when lifting/moving?
Do you have chronic back pain?
I was discussing some of the clear cut warning signs of poor neurological programming with a close friend the other day. He had some back issues he was able to clear with my work, and has been a phenomenal athlete for the majority of his life. He mentioned to me that after discussing these warning signs with him, he wished he had known this information years ago. The signs are usually quite apparent, if we have the awareness to know what to look for. This got me thinking about how important it was to talk about these potential warning signs, so that perhaps they could be flagged before the situation turned into a chronic problem.
Let’s look at this from the perspective of your experience in your own body. What are we feeling, that can be of benefit to us in understanding what is going on with our body and brain? One note before we begin. None of this information is meant to be a medical diagnosis, or to be used as such in treatment. None of this is meant to counter medical diagnosis in any way. What I have found is that even with my clients who have severe diagnosis, there has been remarkable improvement regardless, when this methodology is utilized. They came to me as a last resort, after trying everything on the market for years. This is programming specifically designed to shift neurological patterns that have become all but permanent. Patterns you are entirely unconscious of. Patterns that are making you weaker, making you prone to injury, and keeping you stuck in a never ending loop of dysfunction and pain. Without awareness, we are powerless to change.
The majority of people will feel a small twinge or a sharp pain in their back at least a few times in their life. Most will chalk this up to over-lifting, or simply doing something with poor form. While this is true, there is something that we must also understand about this occurrence. The most likely cause for this twinge, completely unknown to you, was a simply neurological loading error. Your brain attempted to load core musculature in a movement, the movement superseded what your core could handle, and the contraction was referred elsewhere. Basically, your brain compensated by attempting to flex and pull from other areas in your body to stabilize your spine and help you make the movement. If you have ever tried to do any type of lifting, or core workout, only to hurt your back, you understand this exact phenomenon.
I can confidently say that I have never worked with one client that when the right muscles from a neurological standpoint were activated properly (with neuro-programming) they still experienced the same tight/painful sensation in the back. In fact, my work maps these locations, and then reprograms them to fire correctly. When this correct activation is achieved, stability is restored and pain is eliminated. Why is pain eliminated? Difficult to say as everyone is different, but we can 100% say that the referred contraction is no longer being forced elsewhere as it was previously. When this referred contraction (that was neurological compensation) is isolated into the original location of contraction, we consider that area cleared from a neurological standpoint of contraction, and ready to start to be loaded/strengthened, etc. I am using a specialized technique that is specifically tailored for the brain, and how the brain operates (via pattern) to consciously change subconscious patterns of activation. Two chiropractors are currently utilizing small aspects of it. Hundreds of people have benefitted from it so far. It works every time.
Another warning sign is that after sitting, if your back gets tight or sore. This may seem unavoidable to you, but I assure you that it is. If you were to work out and target your bicep muscle, you would expect it to feel active and sore correct? If you experienced soreness in the shoulder, you would be suspicious as to the activation you had created. So why are we always assuming that a sore back means there is something inherently wrong with it? In my experience, a sore back is 99% of the time sore because you have been flexing and contracting it. Has this been happening without your conscious approval? Absolutely. I see this with my clients every day. What we SHOULD feel after sitting is our abdominals loading. Our abs should be sore/active after sitting instead of the back, but they never are.
Why? We are all unconsciously programmed into contracting and loading into our back, almost automatically. We are asked to sit from a very young age as we start our education. The beginning of this poor programming starts at extremely early ages. Can we reset this with programming? Absolutely. I do this with every client. I would go so far as to say if you experience back soreness constantly, and your abs hardly feel activated, that you likely have the same problem. Sitting is just the most common example that people tend to experience.
The last warning sign is the most serious and severe. Chronic back pain is a huge warning sign as to the likely hood of this problem. If you are chronically tight and locked up to the point of experiencing spasms, we must take a look at this neurological programming.
I have had hundreds of clients who swear they can’t jump, or lift a weight, or bend a certain way. Upon showing them the exact area they need to activate, and working to neurologically disconnect it from the compensatory firing triggers, they could do these movements pain free. Does it happen overnight? No. Once the brain becomes patterned, it takes repetition to correct it. But once again, I am utilizing a technique that I have created that consciously shifts and reprograms subconscious patterns. This technique is the game changer in this equation, and allows for incredibly fast reprogramming, and therefore incredibly fast results. With it, we can eliminate extension very quickly from the spine and therefore alter your posture by default without ever forcing you into an uncomfortable position. Posture should be natural, and is natural once we get the right muscles activated, and your brain fully aware of the position it needs to be in. We can be fully upright without ever feeling our low back strain to hold us in that position.
Chronic muscle tension in any part of the body should be a warning sign to you that something else beyond what you understand, may be going on.
The type of adaptive process that the brain uses to compensate for lack of strength/stability occurs all over the body. It occurs in the hands. It occurs in the feet. It occurs in the leg muscles. It can occur anywhere in the body as the brain tries to compensate to keep you moving, stable, and upright. The more load you try to support or lift, the greater the compensation needed. If you constantly have tight hamstrings when you do glute work, you are likely neurologically loading the wrong muscle. If you constantly experience tightness in the neck, the middle of the back, you may have neurologically inactive rhomboids/external rotators. Exercise can help with these issues, but only if the exercise is able to get the right muscle to fire. The problem with this compensatory process is that if the pattern persists long enough, you can lose all ability to activate what you need to activate, and only the compensatory systems fire. The very systems that are creating your issues become dominant. In this way, we become stuck in these patterns for life- never able to improve for long without a setback. We can also become totally reliant on tools and methods that only relieve muscle tension, never addressing why the muscles were becoming tight to begin with.
If you are interested in learning more about my work, I work with clients both in clinic in Vancouver, WA, as well as online. As my work requires zero manipulation, it can be done fully online.
I wish you all the best of health in the new year!