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Heavy Legs II

January 10, 2016

Ok guys, hold on.  This one is gonna be a long one.

It seems that by far, human beings suffer from this the most and conventional medicine has been unable to address it to the satisfaction of the sufferers.

Once again, the reason you suffer the heavy legs syndrome is there is stiffness and tension in the deep muscles of the pelvis.  In anatomy 101 in medical school, we call this the “pelvic bowl.”  Just think of the walls of this bowl lined with muscles.  Because of a recent or past injury in adulthood, this bowl is distorted.  The muscular tensions are out of balance.  There will be a tighter side that, for most of the time, you will not be aware.  It is stiffer and is the apparent “stronger” side.  Most patients will complain of the other side.  This tends to be the side that is “looser” and “weaker.”   The chronic problem side is really the squeaky wheel that is hoping to get the oil.  It is freer, so it is doing all the work of supporting your truncal weight load, moving you forward in space against the downward drag of gravity.  That is a lot of work!  Over time, it becomes overworked; You go to the doctor and the xray is negative or maybe the cartilage looks worn and you are told that it is arthritis from age and “wear and tear.”  There is not very much to be done.  You are offered a pain pill or a cartilage supplement.

Finally, age and more trauma take a toll.  It hurts to move and so you are less likely to move.  But you have to eat and some of you really want to eat (in an attempt to self treat and stretch) and so you gain weight.  More weight distorts the pelvic imbalance.  Then it is all downhill from here.  Now, picture your guts and intestines plopped in this bowl.  For the women, imagine your reproductive organs in the mix.  All those imbalanced tensions begin pulling here and there on your insides.  It is an unusual patient who does not have bowel problems with those heavy legs.

On your slow heavy walk towards death (hey, aren’t we all heading there?), maybe you start to have problems regulating your salt and water balance.  Your hands may, but mostly your feet start to swell.  Then it gets really bad.  At this point, it doesn’t matter what changes you make to diet and exercise, you are King Sysiphus daily rolling that stone uphill, getting near the top, only to have in roll back down.

In a prior comment, someone suggested that in addition to confirming your suffering, I should help provide answers for what you can do for yourself.  I responded, “??<*&X#$%&, huh?”  How can I guide you safely, in a matter of a few paragraphs, to treat all your old past accumulated injuries?  It cannot be done.

I have found that patients who are open-minded, willing to learn and still seeking are willing to read my book, Osteopathy for Children, available on Amazon.com.  This cheap easy to read, digestable book will help you understand my thinking on the mechanical human body.   Why should you read a book about treatment for children?  ….because it is a primer, Book One, on the philosophy of how we think about treating the human body and undoing all past old injuries.  At the end of the book, I give away a few of my newest and safest exercises for you to free yourself up, somewhat.  Book Three is actually the book you want.  I intend for it to be a big gigantic encyclopedia of how to treat yourself with specific exercises.   But I cannot do it on my own.  The demand would have to be there to make it worthwhile for the publisher to invest their time on it.

In short, you can relieve a little bit of that heaviness by treating the pelvis. It is in the book.  You also need to read the section on pillows and neck exercises.  If we correct the tensions from above to help you be more “plumb” and in line with your posture, those pelvic exercises will be easier and relief more apparent.  Good luck.

Doctor, What Exercises Should I Do?

January 18, 2011

I get this question frequently from my chronic pain patients.  They see some relief and they want to do more and whatever they can to get there faster.  The short answer is whatever feels right.  If there is a pull or a tweak, then that position puts additional strain on the system that the load can not be borne for too long before spasm happens.  If it makes you feel good it somehow reduces mechanical strain and it is good. 

If you notice, most of my responses are…easy, calm down, don’t spaz out (mentally or emotionally); instead of go, go, go…slow down, back off…how about some rest? If you do this, you have a better chance of sensing what is going on with your body.

I always tell patients that if I tell you to do something and it doesn’t feel right, then I am wrong and you and your body know way better than what I (even with my vast knowledge and experience) can ever theorize about your problem, pain or strain.  The body knows.  This is why an intact, mechanically unadulterated system, however much in pain, will always respond “miraculously” to osteopathic treatment.  We treat by reading the tissues and helping the tissue do what it needs and wants to do and have done upon it.  That is why adulterated strains within a system that has been beaten down by deep tissue, range of motion PT, ultrasound, nerve stimulator electrocuted, multiple handed, multiple modalitied tenderized tissues never ever respond, much less, in a predictable manner.   For these patients, they are disappointed in OMT, they think I am a quack and they do not understand why several people who don’t know each referred them to me.  For these people, osteopathic is… nothing special.   Far from it…this work is so profound, so beautiful, I am so enamored of it, I can not wait for the next 30 years.  Can you believe it?  I can’t wait, I am so excited about…getting older… because it means more experience…Ah…I digress…I am demonstrating a general nuttiness over this…

To get back to the question, I usually respond with this, “Go out… hunt, gather, and run from predators.”  Although we are injured, the activities for survival require that we keep moving.  The more we move the muscles work and the body has a chance to absorb, adapt and compensate for the strain.  If we stop…we die.  Now, believe it or not, the pain serves a purpose.  The spasm serves a purpose.  They serve as splinting mechanisms so that the strained tissue continues to send these messages so that you can be more careful so that you do no further injury.  Anything else, pills, injections, nerve stimulators are mere…distractions that lead you into a false sense of security and disconnects you from your true tissue state.  Nothing is resolved and, invariably, lead you to reinjury and further pain cycles.