Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques

This technique is especially efficient in treating stubborn pain conditions and myoskeletal misalignment. It does so by mobilizing fixated joint capsules and ironing out muscle imbalances. Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques is a unique blend of myofascial release, osteopathic techniques, Golgi tendon work, articular stretching technique, and muscle energy techniques.

Myoskeletal Understanding

Myoskeletal refers to the interdependent myofascial (muscle + fascia) and skeletal system. This technique, coined by Eric Dalton, treats stubborn pain conditions and misalignment by mobilizing fixated joint capsules and ligaments that are causing problems. Bones and joints are held together by soft tissue, which includes myofascia, ligaments and tendons. If the muscles supporting a joint are tight and short on one side and long and weak on the other, the joint is off balance. By releasing soft tissue restrictions along with strengthening weak myofascia, bones are given the space to realign themselves naturally.

“Head Forward Posture”

Depending on how you use the body, certain myoskeletal imbalances can develop. An example would be a posture stemming from hours of sitting in front of computers, watching TV or driving. This posture would typically look like rounded shoulders, collapsed chest, and the head in front of the body. Over time, the pain that emerges from this “head forward posture” is felt in the upper back, neck and shoulders. If you are seeking help for this condition, you might instinctively want somebody to dig into your upper back to relieve your pain, but that could actually create more harm that healing. What you really need is for the therapist to release and lengthen your short chest muscles and help you strengthen the overstretched, and thus weak, upper back muscles. This can help restore mobility and alignment and relieve the pain.

Hip Pain

Another common example of myoskeletal imbalances occurs in the hips as a result of repetitive one-dimensional movements as for example walking, running and driving. An unevenly toned myofascia of the hip area can create a pull on the hip-bones, which might cause a rotation of the hips in the vertical and/or horizontal plane. As a result, you might one day, “out of the blue,” experience an intense pain in one or both sides of the hip and thighs. This type of pain can be effectively relieved by using a method like Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques to gently align the hips without any high velocity adjustment of bones. In order to keep the hips aligned we create tailor made exercises in all planes of motion that will strengthen the weak and lengthen the short hip muscles. The result is an aligned body that allows pain free movements.

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