Muscle Memory: Friend or Foe?

That’s a trick question. The answer depends on what your muscles remember.

Let me explain.

Suppose you play sports. In that case, muscle memory helps you perfect your golf swing or the way you roller skate.

But what if you suffer an injury?

Science tells us that muscles immediately go into spasm, inhibiting motion to protect the wounded area.

Then the body starts to compensate, plotting out motions to keep you from triggering that pain again.

This is where muscle memory is not our friend.

It only takes 21 to 28 days for our nervous systems to normalize that compensated motion by forming new neural pathways.

Our nervous systems and brains literally remember the pain as if that’s the new normal.

By doing so, they also lock in the pain we may have suffered.

This gets even worse since the process is not a one-time thing.

The injury-pain-compensation cycle happens throughout our lives, overlapping again and again until our entire nervous system is literally overloaded.

Most people’s nerves are struggling to handle dozens if not hundreds of detour processes rather than function as they should.

Sadly, most of the medical community treats the initial point of injury rather than the entire cycle I’ve just described.

By altering my approach to fit this new perspective, I’ve earned a 98% success rate relieving the pain of TMJ and headache patients.

In fact, I often begin treating lockjaw by touching a patient’s legs since that’s where a lot of people store debilitating tensions.

Even though I’ve explained why I’m doing this, some of my patients will balk.

“That’s not how my dentist tried to treat me,” they say.

“Uh huh,” I say. “Did what your dentist tried get rid of your pain?”

I already know the answer. Dentists have only a 6 to 8% success rate at treating TMJ.

“Let’s try my way,” I tell them.

Lo and behold, the method I use works time and again.

My name is Paul Ruth. If you suffer from TMJ or headaches, come see me at Mojo Physio in Scottsdale, Arizona.

My goal is to get you pain-free. For life.

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