Archive for Tension
The bony parts of our skeleton are usually shown like this:
This framework of bones appears to be supported at the bottom by our feet.
This structure would surely fall to the ground if our tissues, like the muscles, tendons and ligaments, did not connect the bones and keep the framework together.
The tissues of the muscles, tendons and ligaments have many sense receptors so we can feel and sense.
These living tissues resides inside the fascia, which has even more sense receptors than the muscles.
This housing is where our bones float and move under tension in the same way as this depiction of a model of tensegrity.
Tension is what keeps this model together.
And in this video, you’ll see how things move under tension.
As you can see, instead of parts, like a leg or a muscle of the leg like the hamstrings, we are integrated like the model so our various parts if you will, coordinate and are combined to be a living whole system of connective tissues of movement regulated by certain levels of tension.
This information flows in our nervous system and changes as we respond in our daily life.
When our connected parts move, the position and tension changes so the whole system can coordinate its actions.
Even though we can move around or sit, certain parts of the brain can be programmed with too little or too much tension.
Ideally, our tension levels would come back to neutral when things come to rest or when we’re aware enough to let the tension say, drop from our shoulders.
We know when that doesn’t happen to some people like athletes. They feel pain levels or tension levels rising, if they stop moving for instance.
They know if they can just get through the movement part, they’ll be ok enough to finally sit, rest and then deal with any recurring stiffness, tension or pain resurfacing.
Others simply struggle to move comfortably on account of those tension levels which remain in check or at levels we think we can handle .
So if we live with compensations, where things are seen as an elevated shoulder, internally rotated leg and our center of gravity is displaced.
The compromise on the living movement system may be felt as too much tension, too little tension or we’ve even lost our sense in some areas.
The brain will keep going with tension levels held in place or jacked up on account of accruing more throughout the day.
When tension levels are too high, we can find our way into a back cramp or spasm and the stress just grinds on us.
When tension levels stay on for too long, stiffness continues.
Our mobility and flexibility are hampered.
As people struggle to move comfortably or not as well as they used to, it is usually easily noticeable, even though we can learn to live with it and compensate further.
So our movement system may not just be the 600 or 800 muscles that have been identified, rather the muscles are just part of it.
Instead of a cause and effect way of looking at things, like our back muscles being a problem. Our inner relationships of parts moving as a whole is capable of change from within since the one big muscle, the brain, can change tension levels throughout our body.
You see, where we sense pain doesn’t always correlate to where the problem actually lies.
While it’s true that muscle shortness or tightness can distort our postures and we can feel pain, stiffness, stress or tension.
Some distorted postures do not, though most will admit it doesn’t look like they can easily get around.
Our adapted way of movement or being held in certain levels of tension can be compromised to the point where we don’t function as well as we could, even though we can still get by.
When we begin to change tension levels to restore mobility, so that flexibility returns, and we regain control over how our movement functions, then the tissues begin to move more comfortably.
The big muscle, the brain, can certainly amp up pain when things goes haywire.
It can also reverse course as the levels of tension reintegrate so our whole being moves around more effortlessly.
Even as far back as 1680, Herman Boerhaave, the founder of modern day clinical medicine noted…
He knew that the act of pandiculation, which today we know is a brain based event which actually changes tension levels. Helps to regulate tension so the muscles and movement system can come to rest.
Today, he would be able to see how the nervous system can carry the information from the brain through various feedback loops…
…so that the movement system can sustain more optimal levels of tension and has the ability to return everything to its resting place.
When you play with resetting tension levels, then everything returns to its place so that you no longer are tensed over this or that and can easily & comfortably float from within, even as you age.