Corrective Muscular Therapy
Ever Been Sick?
Like a virus that hits you hard and fast, over-running your body. Slowing down your movements to where you feel like you’re moving through mud. Making you feel stiff with what seems like every movement, rolling in bed, getting off the couch, etc. Throwing off your mental clarity and slowing down your brain function. You feel weak and you’ve lost strength and endurance to even maintain posture.
When a sickness like this hits you, you know it. You’re like the frog tossed in the pot of boiling water. You notice immediately.
Congested, slowed, poorly functioning lymphatic and circulatory systems are like having a low-level sickness.
While your body is not completely overrun, the elimination of toxins and waste are slowed, and the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the body is constricted and not functioning at 100%. You may notice this at times, but not all the time, and we can rationalize why the symptoms are there.
Maybe you notice some fatigue here and there, but tell yourself, “It was just a long day,” or maybe some stiffness getting off the sofa, and you say “I did a lot in the yard,” or even some brain fog here and there, but “I didn’t sleep well.”
Low-level headache, muscle, and joint pain, and frequent cold-esc feelings are not as drastic as being all out sick so it doesn’t dominate your mind and can be kept in the background like white noise.
You can fight through it.
Nevertheless, it’s an encumbering weight on your shoulders, pulling you down slowly without you noticing its impact. That is the worst part; that you don’t know and you can’t tell that your lymphatic and circulatory systems are being dragged down and only functioning at 90, 80, or 70%.
You’re the frog tossed in the pot of cold water with the heat slowly turned up. You don’t know you're boiling, until you’re boiling.
Your lymphatic system works in concert with your circulatory system and other organs of the body.
A healthy lymphatic and circulatory system help to boost your immune system; clearing the body of swelling, toxins, waste products, viruses, bacteria, illness, and disease.
At the same time working to deliver nutrients to the tissues and cells of your body that are needed to recover, heal, and thrive.
Remember the body is made up of like 70% fluid and these systems are how that fluid moves around. It is like a series of hoses. A watershed of smaller hoses feeding to larger ones.
In recent years, lymphatic vessels were discovered where they were thought not to be, the brain.
Movement of the fluid in the circulatory system is via the pumping of the heart while in the lymphatic system fluid is moved primarily by movements and contraction of muscles.
Issues Occur When Systems Become Congested and Slowed in Function.
On the extreme side of congestion and slowing of functions is lymphedema, a condition which can result from some surgeries, radiation treatments, etc. On a less extreme (but wider spread scale) side, congestion is caused by muscle tightness and fascial tension at various points in the body, constricting flow.
Tight muscles and fascia restricting movements keep us in bad posture. Muscle tightness and fascial tension are like clamps on the hoses of the circulatory and lymphatic system, slowing down flow, impeding the body’s ability to remove waste products, and eliminate toxins efficiently and effectively.
Restrictions and tightness also slow the delivery of oxygen and essential nutrients at the rate that is needed for the body to thrive. Thus, blocking the body’s natural healing process and slowing recovery from pain or injury.
The congestion and slowing of flow can happen at the site of pain and injury as the body acts to splint the area with muscle tightness. This reaction can also occur in areas of the body that are tight from muscle and fascial overuse, poor posture, and habitual daily movements.
Multiple clamps and constriction points along the path of the hoses drastically slows down flow. This can lead to swelling at the cellular level, pain, heaviness, weakness, fatigue, and subsequently, more muscle tightness.
Narrowed hoses (either upstream or downstream) from an injured area will have a negative effect on healing and pain reduction.
Typical lymphatic massage is geared toward “lymphatic drainage”. The practitioner acts to manually move the fluid through the system for you.
Corrective Muscular Therapy works through the muscles, fascia, bone, and tendons targeting your specific restrictions to remove the congestion points and systematically layer by layer restore efficient and effective flow. Taking the clamps off the hoses freeing up the lymphatic and circulatory systems.
Giving your body the freedom to heal and thrive.
The best part, to get the results all you must do is lay there in your clothes and get treated. Relax your mind and “lean into” letting your body go helps tremendously. Being hydrated is also important. But mostly just laying there.
I’ve gone through Corrective Muscular Therapy for a calf pull I suffered, and it sped up my recovery. One of the things I like the most about CMT sessions is the rhythmic nature of the treatment and that every time as I let go it puts me in a state similar to REM sleep. When a session ends it's like waking from the best power nap ever. I’m energized and ready to go.