New Technology, Same Old Principles – Thanks Mr. Lalanne

by Peter on February 3, 2011

As I perused through my stacks of articles and files in search of what to write about this week, I came across my first ever newsletter, written in 1985. I was a young therapist, enthusiastic (still am 26 years later) who had a brand new 286 IBM PC with ‘Advanced Technology’ that had 20 MB of hard drive space and ran everything off of those big floppy discs. I loved that computer.  To crank out a newsletter was a bit of a challenge, but oh, how nice it looked. Click here to see.

Technology has come a long way since then, and now my newsletters are blended multicolor with fancy layouts and fonts. But as I read that very first newsletter, I was struck by how our principles of Neuromuscular Therapy haven’t changed. And those principles have helped and continue to help thousand of patients everyday. Whether using Laser Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, or Kinesio Taping, the principles of treatment are the same.

  1. Postural Distortion
  2. Biomechanical Dysfunctions
  3. Trigger Points
  4. Nerve Compression/Entrapment
  5. Ischemia

Postural Distortion or muscular contraction occurs when there is an imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting from movement of the body off the coronal, midsagital or horizontal planes. When the body tries to compensate in an effort maintain structural balance, muscle contraction, body distortion, and pain result. For example, lower limb-length inequality can cause a tilted pelvis, which usually results in a compensatory scoliosis that is maintained by sustained muscular effort.

Biomechanical Dysfunction is an imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns. Repetitive strain of certain soft tissue result in adapted movement patterns that become muscular “habits” and must be reeducated.

Trigger Points occur when nerves fire impulses at a rapid speed into an area of the body other than that which has been traumatized. Because of trigger points, the cause of serious pain may often be far from the actual site of the pain. This, in turn, inhibits proper blood flow, which causes ischemia an often leads to more pain and discomfort.

Nerve Compression and Entrapment is pressure on a nerve by bone, cartilage or soft tissue. The role of the soft tissues in nerve compression is vital. Failure to treat the associated soft tissue often treats the symptom without eliminating the cause of the pain. Nerve entrapment is the most common type of pain and always causes ischemia. Ignored, it can produce associated trigger points.

Ischemia is a lack of blood supply to the soft tissues, which causes them to be very sensitive touch.

When going to see any practitioner for treatment, these principles must be applied.

The passing of Fitness and Health Guru Jack Lalanne at age 95 made me stop and think about a guy who adhered and practiced his principles. I found a clip from one of his shows. Black and White TV, no internet or computers, but he shared principles that he believed were important for a health life, and I believe these same principles apply today. So thanks Jack for showing us that through advanced technology, some of the basic principles still apply today.

What do you think about some of the prinicples Jack Lalanne talk about?

In Health,

Peter Roach, RMT, CNMT, Laser Therapist

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