Anatomy of a Muscle Spasm (Part 3)

Anatomy of a Muscle Spasm (Part 3)

Hello, my name is Gadi Kaufman, and I am a
certified neuromuscular therapist, specialized in strain counterstrain technique, in Santa
Monica, California. In this video I am going to explain how the
strain counterstrain technique works to release the muscles from spasm. The strain counterstrain technique is unique
because it provides relief from pain through a pain free approach. It is extremely gentle. We do not use painful massage, stretching,
exercises, or adjustments. The technique is deceptively simple. First, the practitioner locates the muscle
that is in spasm. Next, the patient’s body is placed in a specific
comfortable position that is designed to slacken the affected muscle. In this position, the two ends of the distressed
muscle are brought closer together, which allows the muscle to relax and loosen. So if this the muscle–this is the beginning
of the muscle and this the end–instead of stretching the muscle, we are going to slacken
the muscle; loosen it. For the strain counterstrain to work, it is
important for the spastic muscle to become slackened, because this has a calming effect
on the nervous system. When the muscle is loosened, it no longer
sends a distress signal to the autonomic nervous system. It stops sending the “alpha signal,” which
is the ‘distress signal,’ to the autonomic nervous system. In turn, the nervous system stops responding
with “gamma signals,” which are the ‘stay in spasm’ signal. The destructive communication loop is broken
and the muscle is out of distress. To me, the process of releasing a muscle spasm
is no different than when we switch on and off a computer. We are just manipulating electrical currents
in the body. These electrical currents are called reflexes. In order to release the muscle that’s locked
in spasm, you need to break the continuous hyperactivity of these reflexes between the
muscles and the autonomic nervous system. Once the spasm is healed, the body begins
to function better. The muscle’s fibers can release their pressure
on surrounding blood vessels, and blood circulation improves, which means more oxygen and nutrition
to the muscle’s cells. The removal of waste products, such as lactic
acid, is also improved. The effect of the strain counterstrain technique
is cumulative. If you repeat the release on a daily basis,
you can maintain healthy muscles, making them much less susceptible to spasm. It’s also an important component of prevention
and maintenance. Healthy muscles are able to work together
in unison as one coordinated and orchestrated system. Keeping your muscles healthy can expand your
“safety zone,” which is the time period you can perform your daily activities without
pain. To help illustrate how strain counterstrain
works, let’s use the example of a T-shirt. Let’s say you are walking down the hallway
in your house. All of a sudden the edge of your T-shirt gets
caught on the door knob. The T-shirt becomes stuck and stretched. Instead of yanking the T-shirt away from the
door knob, if you walk backward, the T-shirt will loosen and it will let go. This is exactly what we do with a muscle spasm. Hello, my name is Gadi Kaufman, I am a certified
neuromuscular therapist in Santa Monica, California, specialized in strain counterstrain technique. This is the third video in the series. If you want to have complete understanding
of this process and how it will help to relieve your back pain, it will be beneficial to watch
the two previous videos as well. Thank you so much for watching. I hope this video series clears the fog and
confusion and explains the relationship between the nervous system, the muscles, and the bones.

One Reply to “Anatomy of a Muscle Spasm (Part 3)”

  1. Discover the true cause of pain and its solution by learning about the anatomy of a muscle spasm. Part 3 of a 3 part series.

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