So I spent last week getting my brain fried on an intrinsic Biomechanics course.
WTF is one of those you ask? Well, Biomechanics is the study of the human body’s mechanics and how it moves. This is then divided into:
Extrinsic Biomechanics which looks at movement, how to make it more efficient and improve performance. This science is used most commonly in sports performance and conditioning.
Intrinsic Biomechanics which is the study of HOW the body is able to perform those movements in relation to the mechanics going on inside the body. In particular this tends to focus on “dysfunctional” movement i.e. not in the ideal range of motion. What is going on intrinsically for that to be the case and more importantly how can I fix it?
The thing is, for years I have seen people and myself included being told by various health professionals that certain parts of our posture/movement are fine if they aren’t causing a direct problem and therefore it doesn’t warrant treatment. There is also the common theme of – if you go in with a shoulder problem you’re chosen therapist/professional just looks at your shoulder.
When we look at the makeup of our body’s internally the huge complex system of muscles, tendons and ligaments are all linked from top to bottom by fascia. (This is like that thin shiny layer on top of chicken breasts). They cover all of our muscles and inter link throughout our bodies which means in fact your right calf muscle is linked to your left shoulder muscle. Which means if you are getting constant problems in your left shoulder and various treatments to the shoulder are not fixing the problem; you may want to look a little lower down the body to find your answer?
Intrinsic biomechanics always starts with looking at the function of the pelvis as this is essentially the foundation of your skeleton, it is where all the other important bits such as your spine and legs connect from and therefore it’s function or lack of can have a huge impact on how everything around it functions.
Think of it like the chassis of your car. You can dent the doors (arms) and it does not affect it too much and can be put back into place, you can break a windscreen (your erm ribs) and it can be replaced with no drama but if you dent your chassis it may have thrown the whole alignment of the car out and is then a major problem to put back into place. Your Pelvis is your chassis. If it strays out of line your whole body could be pulled out of line.
From there we look at in order the spine shoulders, knees and feet . Which makes the catchy song “hips, spine shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes……..” As mentioned the site of the pain is not necessarily the site of the problem.
The human body is such an amazing machine, yet we rarely give it the MOT and servicing we give to our cars. We tend to just duct tape over the sore bits and carry on hoping for the best. You wouldn’t do this to your car (ok I might but I learnt it from my dad) so why do this to your body?
If you are having aches and pains you can’t seem to get rid of then maybe it’s time to look intrinsically?
You know where to find me!