CHRONIC ILLNESSES AND CONDITIONS
Only persistent, conscious, attentive, and curious exploration and an easier way to perform the movement and effectively express emotions eliminates pain and changes thinking.
Sensory-motor amnesia and a lack of time force people to divert their attention to the future or past.
Only persistent, conscious, attentive, and curious exploration and an easier way to perform the movement and effectively express emotions eliminates pain and changes thinking. Our conscious control and efficiency increases; we use our time and energy better.
The changes in lifestyle that came with the modern age were mainly due to the steam engine’s invention and later related inventions. With the Industrial Revolution, the developed part of the planet easily converted the energy of wood and fossil fuels into motion. It was thus less dependent on the energy it drew from food to do the work.
The reason behind the painful movement is that it is too big of a disorder, not enough control over your body and lack of feeling, all of which the body warns us about.
And with that, we can see how wrong our attitude towards pain is. It’s the main result of reducing the importance of learning and the time we spend in life learning and research, which reduces the ability to lengthen muscles.
The coordination between contracting and expanding our muscles is greatly reduced when they are performing a certain movement. This eventually leads to increased disorder in movement, work, and with that, life. The disorder leads to inefficiency and has a greater influence on our mood and abilities.
What is our pain warning us about
We are first reminded of this by discomfort and resistance.
I’ve been having back pain for a long time. I’m realizing now that I was able to silence the pain more, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t present. However, by learning the AEQ method®, I understand that when I tried to silence my back pain, I managed to overlook a part of myself.
The pain came and also completely disappeared at different time intervals throughout my life. I was very active in sports, and my body was strong, but the most important muscles were very weak because I had the wrong approach to the sport.
Two years ago, the pain was so unbearable that it could not be silenced. It emerged mainly at night (in my lower back and the chest), somehow it was possible to get through the day. My personal doctor referred me to do an X-ray, a blood test and an MRI. A blood test showed positive HLA-B27, and an MRI confirmed the suspicion of ankylosing spondylitis. Words that can hardly be remembered, let alone pronounce. It was the first time I looked up a disease on the Internet, and there was a lot to read, but there was less about how to successfully approach, treat the disease.
Acute pain warns us of an injury or illness by sending a signal into our brain.
Most injuries influence our body tissues and the neurons in our pain system, including those inside our brain and spine, causing neuropathic pain. It occurs due to neurons that make up a kind of map for pain in our brain. Specific areas in our brain for processing information represent our body’s outer surfaces and are called brain maps. When we touch a part of the body during active exercise, a specific part of the brain map is activated, representing that part of the body. These maps of our body’s surface areas are organized topographically, which means that neighboring areas of the body are next to one another on the map. When the neurons in our map become injured, they constantly send off false alarms and lead us to believe that the problem is within our body, while, in reality, its located mainly in our brain. The body healed ages ago, but the pain system is still activated. Acute pain was given an afterlife – it became chronic pain.
Although scoliosis may also be associated with the genetic picture, stress is an important factor in idiopathic scoliosis.
The basic principle of human functioning is as follows:
Our brains control the muscles based on feelings that travel from the body into our brain.
Our muscles are attached to the bones.
Bones move because of muscles; when the muscle contracts or expands, the bone on which the muscle is also attached moves (Except in disease processes such as polio, bones never move independently of muscle movement.)
Our brains respond to stress by tensing muscle groups in individual patterns.
AEQ method, i.e., retraining the functioning of the mind through conscious muscle movement, we can learn. With the knowledge we gain, we can alleviate the pain caused by injuries to such emotional and physical ones, which trigger reflexes in us, resulting in (over) tense muscles. With the help of the AEQ method, we learn to regain control of our muscles and movements.
We have to change the way our brains work
Permanent tensions in our muscles create pain, fatigue, joint, tissue inflammation, and nerve entrapment, while rigid muscles limit our flexibility, cause stiffness, and ruin our posture.
People attribute pain to aging and use old age as an excuse. But the AEQ method, a method of gentle conscious movements, does not recognize this concept, and in the workshops I explain how teachers of the AEQ method associate movement pain with so-called sensory-motor amnesia. The main cause of chronic pain is the gradual deterioration of body sensation, and this is the result of major and minor injuries, stress, worries, harmful behavioral patterns, and misconceptions that limit us in easier functioning and living.
Muscles become used to being tense because of sensory-motor amnesia, despite our best effort to relax them. The problem lies in the fact that we aren’t relaxing them consciously; methods such as stretching, massage, chiropractic and other manual therapies, and painkillers usually don’t help in the long run. If we want to fix problems, we need to teach tense muscles how to relax.
Sports: order, rules and orderliness
The meaning of order, rules and orderliness can be better understood by comparing sports similar to one another, such as running on the long track and speed walking.
Injuries that athletes get when running are common and expected. Runners finish their careers way to early and commonly suffer from pain even when they aren’t running. The condition of a speed walker is usually better.
Rules of running do not require good control over the execution of movements, but the movement is regulated by the route from start to finish, correct start, effort, endurance and strength. Most believe that running doesn’t even require special training. The runner spends most of his time and attention to speed and endurance. This increases primarily by consolidating better pain tolerance as an integral part of training and matches. There is not enough conscious improvement of skills and increase of knowledge. Professionalism is limited to blood and urine control.
But when we observe speed walking we notice a different approach: there is more rules regarding the athlete’s movement, learning how to move and constant control over walking.
MENSTRUAL CYCLE PROBLEMS, DYSMENORRHEA, AMENORRHEA AND RED LIGHT REFLEX
• I’ve noticed that women who have problems with the menstrual cycle manifest activated red light reflex.
• A woman has abdominal distension, and she cannot relax her abdominal muscles, her shoulders, neck and head are pushed forward.
• A few active therapies of the AEQ method® improve the ability to lower average tonus of the abdominal muscles.
• The pain stops during menstruation; the menstrual cycle becomes regular again.
50 % to 90 % of women occasionally have problems with painful menstruation (Dysmenorrhea).
Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for menstrual cramps caused by uterine contractions, and it is similar to contractions at childbirth. The uterus (which is a muscle) mildly contracts throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle, however, uterus contracts more strongly during menstruation, and spasms are even stronger during childbirth.
The main purpose of learning better muscle control is to achieve mastery. Muscle control involves much more than improving the ability to contract them. It includes increasing the ability to relax (expand) muscles, which is just as important as contracting them. It allows better selective control over the muscles and, consequently, the development and improvement of selective muscle use, which are important for performing the movement in a more appropriate way (agonists/antagonists).
That way, we increase the efficiency of energy usage on two different levels. On the first one, the energy is diverted towards agonists so that they can contract muscles. In contrast, energy diverted to the second level frees the muscles that were supposed to expand for movement to occur. That way, we increase the efficiency of converting energy into labor and, thus, lower entropy.
There are three general types of headaches: sinus headaches, migraine headaches and tension headaches. All three types are triggered by two conditions that cause muscle tension, i.e. injury and stress, and all three types usually disappear after a few active differentiation therapy sessions.
This article looks at the mechanisms behind these three different types of headaches, and describes headache relief methods. Please note that headaches arising from more severe conditions, such as brain tumor or encephalitis, do not belong into the above groups and therefore the text below does not apply to them.
A foot and a hip always function cooperatively
Why? Because the knee joint (connects the two parts of the knee) can move only in the direction backwards and forward and cannot bend in any other angle. If we move our foot to the left or the right, the knee doesn’t move, and it is locked; the hip must move. Hence, if we would like to move and turn our foot easily, we need to be able to move and rotate our hip without restrictions. The hip is connected to the body with muscles of the torso and the spine. The spine is composed of 24 vertebrae, and they all move. The more we feel, control and are aware of the trunk and the spine movement, the more correctly, efficiently and freely we move our hips, knees and feet. And vice versa: the joints in our legs are inflexible and stiff when we have reduced flexibility in the torso, when we don’t have a pleasant sensation of the back and when we are tense. Consequently, our legs don’t move as freely as they could; they are less efficient and less suitable for everyday work and tasks.
Most of them tell me that they have problems sitting up straight for the entire workday: sooner or later, they notice how slouched they are. Such daily forced posture slowly but inevitably wears out the body and causes pain; at the doctor, we usually hear that the discs’ degenerative changes in the spine have occurred. However, the biggest problem is that we feel much older and more tired than corresponds to our actual age.
The posture of the modern generation
The head pushed slightly forward and down is the sign of occupational deformities shared by multiple professions: personal assistants, teachers, accountants, students, computer programmers, journalists, and many others.
It is essential to understand that people who claim to have stiff necks do not have stiff necks – they have stiff bodies.
Cervical vertebrae are part of the spinal column, and we tend to forget that when we talk about neck pain. If you can’t or don’t know how to move the rest of your spine (back), the neck seems stiff to you, limited in its mobility. However, once you learn how to include the entire spine into the movement of your body, you quickly realize » hmm, my neck feels softer«. Thus, you are now consciously using more of your body. You gain a feeling of your body becoming more intelligent, thus cleverer. Moreover, you also gain greater control over your movement and individual moves, and even better awareness whether you perform the moves naturally or whether there’s still more work to be done.
Movement of the neck does not occur independently from the movement of the entire body.
Movement of the body is not independent of the nerve (brain) impulses.
The reaction of the mind equals the response of me as a person.
Typical sciatica is radiating shooting pain that starts in the buttocks (usually on one side only), and this pain extends down the back of the thigh, even into the foot. Sensations may include numbness, burning sensation of pain running from the underside of the back that goes down into the buttocks and the back of the leg, or the sensation of a hot cord in the leg. Low back pain often occurs before that and accompanies sciatica. If the pain also expands to the front of your leg, you probably have muscle spasms in the quadriceps. If the pain extends along the side of the leg, the muscles that are attached to the iliotibial band (IT band) are likely to be strained.
Origin of sciatic nerve pain
Sciatica falls into the category of transmitted pain where the point where we feel the pain is not the point of its cause. Sciatic pain is caused by irritation (pressure on) of the sciatic nerve.
The brain perceives the pain as coming from a point where the nerve runs, although the cause is a compressed nerve at its origin; where it comes from the spinal cord, or somewhere along the path to the foot.
Most people with lower back pain are well aware of how much suffering, sacrifices and time it takes to eliminate that pain.
You might have tried stretching, physical therapy, massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, painkillers, or even surgery, but none of these methods helped or did not help in the long run.
The AEQ Method® provides a long-term, scientifically substantiated solution for back pain. Education is one of the best ways to demystify almost every problem. The more you know about yourself, the more you can help yourself. When it comes to eliminating chronic back pain, the solution is relatively simple, and it’s based on scientific data on how the brain senses and controls the muscles. The brain-muscle connection acts as a simple feedback loop, much like a basic computer system: sensory information (sensation) goes to the brain, and motor messages (movement) go out to the muscle. Feel, move, feel, move.
However, if we focus on back pain, a specific brain reflex called the Landau Reflex (green light reflex) is the cause of most chronic back pain.
It is a common belief among the teachers of (correct) posture and therapists that the weak back and neck muscles are to blame for the hunched posture.
But from my experience, the over-strained muscles on the front of the body are the common cause of incorrect posture. It is a habit that is learned through excessive and too frequent activation of these muscles because of the stress of fear and permanent stress of long hours of sitting or standing and staring at the screen of computer od smartphone. A good way to regain a natural upright posture is by learning and eliminating the concisely uncontrolled muscle activation on the front of the body. By restoring the ability to relax or lower the tonus of skeletal muscles, the need for stronger back muscles is dismissed, like the ones, we already have can easily maintain an upright (straightened) posture. But only if we manage to remove the subconsciously ordered tension on the front of the body with the higher awareness and intentional control. The video in the link below is typical poor advice for standing correctly, upright, and can help you to understand why it is difficult to keep the shoulders neutral over the hips.
Accidents happen, the saying goes. Sudden and unpredictable events can cause physical injuries – everything from sprains, bruises, wounds and similar minor injuries to severe injuries that forever mark our lives.
The main focus of rehabilitation is on healing and restoring body structures to their original state, as much as possible. Traumatology deals with the treatment and care of injuries and wounds. Traumatologists repair injuries according to doctrine, and are often successful at severe injuries that would be fatal for the patient in the not too distant past. Statistics show that injuries account for a fifth of all diseases today.
Plantar fasciitis is recognized as a stabbing pain on the bottom of a foot, near the heel, and can spread to the foot arch and the toes. It is caused by an injury of the plantar fascia, a connective band of tissue that runs from the heel bone to the toes and supports the foot arch. The causes of inflammation are frequent walking, running and standing on a hard surface, sports (volleyball, handball, football, athletics), shortened tibia, inflexible Achilles tendon, flat foot. Problems develop gradually, usually on one foot only. The pain is often the worst with the first few steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or rising from sitting. The pain is usually worse after exercise, not during it. Damage to the plantar fascia leads to inflammation of adjacent tissues and eventually to the formation of the heel spur and heel calcification. If not thoroughly repaired, these can develop into chronic problems. Due to the changed mechanics of walking, pain in the foot is compounded by issues with knees, hips and spine.
Injuries can cause a trauma reflex, and the trauma reflex can cause injures. How is this possible?
Injuries can be caused by a blow or a fall. When a blow is anticipated, we instinctively turn away from it, which leads to getting hit on the side of our body. Those muscles then reflexively contract so that they form a shield. If the blow is strong enough or creates a big enough “shock,” the contraction or tensing up the muscles becomes a habit. The brain behaves as if the blow or injury was still happening. When the pattern of muscle contraction becomes a habit, sensory-motor amnesia develops in these muscles. We forget how to feel and move these muscles properly. So in the case of a strong blow or an ugly fall, we inadvertently acquire the trauma reflex’s habit. The muscles on one side of the waist remain contracted. These tense muscles in the waist pull the hips towards the ribs and the ribs towards the hips. Usually, this also involves the rotation of the spine. This is illustrated in the pictures below:
Knee injuries, cartilage degeneration and meniscus injuries are common and frequent injuries.
Especially active sporty people are prone to these injuries. Many of my clients decided to take up learning of the AEQ method because of their knee problems. Furthermore, I’ve noticed the majority of my clients have the same cause for recurring knee problems and pain: severely tight, tense muscles of the center of the body, the core. The core is the part that ties rib cage with legs, it is strong and stable. However, the core muscles seem to be unable to relax. The primary function of the core is to move the rib cage and pelvis in all directions with about the same efficiency. Thus, muscles need to be able to contract as well as relax, and at the same time, be able to move the torso coherently and efficiently. Focus just on strengthening the muscles and effort-based progress is the main drawback of the modern way of life, training and rehabilitation. The latter approach is logical when considering a human being as a machine; it also gives good short-term results. However, ever more significant muscle contraction and feeling of stiff movement are the long-term results.
With the AEQ method, we approached this problem more broadly and deeply, looking in the unconscious. We believe that the deformity of the big toe results from years of changes in movement patterns and attitudes towards the environment. We advise movement changes and reflection on attitudes towards life and the environment.
The definition of hallux valgus: a painful bulge that makes walking more difficult. The big toe moves towards the smaller ones, and its joint thickens and becomes swollen. The initial changes are disturbing, but they eventually become even worse. There are multiple factors responsible for creating this deformation – among them is a hereditary predisposition, as it occurs more frequently in some families.
What is herniated disc (spinal disc herniation)?
The intervertebral disc consists of a jelly-like center (nucleus pulposus) and an outer fibrous ring. After puberty, because the disc is not vascularized and therefore has more reduced ability to regenerate, degenerative changes begin to occur. First degenerative changes appear with the loss of water, as a consequence, the height of the intervertebral discs is reduced, and cracks in the rubbery outer ring may occur. A herniated disc occurs when some of the nuclei push out through a tear in the outer ring and presses on the nerve; it is also called a slipped disc or ruptured disc (spinal disc herniation).The intervertebral disc consists of a jelly-like center (nucleus pulposus) and an outer fibrous ring. After puberty, because the disc is not vascularized and therefore has more reduced ability to regenerate, degenerative changes begin to occur. First degenerative changes appear with the loss of water, as a consequence, the height of the intervertebral discs is reduced, and cracks in the rubbery outer ring may occur. A herniated disc occurs when some of the nuclei push out through a tear in the outer ring and presses on the nerve; it is also called a slipped disc or ruptured disc (spinal disc herniation).