Your body is made up of many interrelated components such as bones, muscles, nerves, a thin connective tissue called fascia, as well as the internal organs (viscera). Your organs are in perpetual motion. When you breathe, walk and stretch – your organs move.
The movement of the organs is transmitted through the fascia to other structures of the body. When you are healthy all the structures move with an interconnected fluidity. Optimum health relies on a harmonious relationship between the motions of the organs and other structures of the body.
There are many reasons for an organ to lose its mobility, physical trauma, surgeries, sedentary lifestyle, pregnancy, infections, pollution, or poor diet. When an organ is no longer freely mobile, but is fixed to another structure, the body is forced to compensate. This disharmony creates fixed, abnormal points of tension and the chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems throughout the body, musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urinary, respiratory and digestive, to name a few.
Imagine scar tissue around the lungs – either from trauma or infection. Because of the pull of the adhesion, with every breath, the movement patterns of nearby structures are altered. This could shift rib motion, creating a pull on the spine. These restrictions could then show up as mid-back and neck pain as well as limited movement of the shoulder. This scenario highlights just one of hundreds of possible ramifications of one “small” restriction – magnified by thousands of repetitions each day. This also explains how pain can often be far removed from the actual cause.