The Intervertebral Disc, Facet Joints, Joint Capsules, Paraspinal muscle pain,
Internal disc disruption, and inflammation
Cervicogenic Headaches and Migraines, Pain referral to the head, behind eyes, and scalp
Neck pain, possible referral or radiating into shoulders, arms, and fingers of your hands
Thoracic pain, Pain between your shoulders,
Lumbar Spine pain, lumbago, facet syndrome, pain referring to glute muscles, and legs.
Radiating leg pain; that stabbing, shooting, burning pain.
Other complaints affected by spine-related disorders,
Dizziness, loss of balance, falling,
Development of chronic pain
Frozen Shoulder and some cases of idiopathic scoliosis have successfully been treated.
Your posture holds you up against the force of gravity and is the result of how the brain controls postural muscles, these are central/midline, known as the core or axial muscles. All movements begin with the midline axial muscles. It is easy to expand the idea that if my midline axial muscles are not maintaining my posture effectively, efficiently and economically for movement and standing or sitting, I will be working harder, at more risk of aggravating a Disc, Spinal joint, or the paraspinal muscles.
The diagram on the right outlines the sensorimotor control of postural muscles
This is all wonderful to know, however, what use is this?
It starts with receptors that create the impression of our environment. The sensation of light, touch, pressure, balance, vision, proprioception are created in our heads.
From there we can respond, make plans to move, walk, run, write, drive a car, play with our kids, get out of a chair…..
Cortical smudging is the consequence of poor integration of incorrectly weighted sensory receptor systems.
Posture distortions and misalignments are the results of a mismatch of sensory input to the muscular system. Poor posture and poor movement are the results of altered sensorimotor integration because of how the sensory information is blended and integrated.
The neuroplastic responses to pain can develop into a persistent movement pattern that becomes detrimental.
“Furthermore, the hypothesis suggests that motor control exercises should be aimed at increasing admittance, inhibition of superficial muscles and stimulation of deep muscles, training of proprioception, or instilling confidence in the ability to control lumbar motion.