Applied kinesiological chiropractic muscle therapy for athletes’ injuries can “turn on” muscles that remain a weak point for many athletes
Baseball fans across the country talk about the staggering number of muscle tension the New York Yankees experience. Yankee management, players and fans are appalled – while the rest of the population is counting their blessings and keeping their fingers crossed that the players on their favorite teams stay healthy.
Weekend warriors and other athletes often find themselves frustrated with what to do about muscle injuries. A little-known answer is functional muscle testing (FMT) and applied kinesiology (AK), particularly applied kinesiological chiropractic muscle therapy for athlete injuries.
Muscles and tendons
Doctors, physiotherapists and trainers spend an incredible amount of time in physiology and kinesiology. Surprisingly, a simple physiological truth is often overlooked in the treatment of sports injuries and subsequent rehabilitation; This means that the Golgi tendon organs (GTO) at the musculoskeletal transitions at the origin and when a tense muscle is inserted require precise manipulation in order to return the muscle to physiological homeostasis.
These mechanoreceptors are critical to measuring muscle tension. Their function is to “switch off” the muscle physiologically by reducing the neuronal tone of this muscle. It’s a protective mechanism, much like the circuit breakers in your house.
Unfortunately, these muscles usually do not turn on again physiologically and remain a weak point for many athletes. The technique for quickly normalizing this neural tone and improving the physiological function of an injured muscle is found in a kinesiological muscle manipulation process, which is simply referred to as the “Origin / Insertion Technique” or better as Golgi Tendon Reset.
Golgi Tendon Reset
Here is an introduction to this therapeutic modality:
Test a suspected injured muscle such as the peroneus longus for an ankle sprain, the adductors for a groin or wrist extensors (extensor carpi ulnaris and extensor carpi radialis) for a classic tennis elbow.
If the muscle test is physiologically weak, have the patient place their hand over the origin and lead-in. If this pressure causes temporary neuronal relief of the muscle and reduces the pain on the manual muscle test, this is a clear indicator that manipulation of the Golgi tendon is indicated (in relation to the tennis elbow, this is similar to Kaplan’s orthopedic test).
The treatment consists of manipulating the ends of the muscles against each other for 30 seconds. Physiologically, this simulates a decrease in neural tone and “resets” the Golgi tendon mechanoreceptors, allowing a return to normal function.
Test the muscle again. This time there should be improved function and less pain. Your patient may need several of these types of treatments along with cryotherapy, laser, ultrasound, and whatever modalities you use to reduce inflammation.
Physiological therapy precedes physical therapy
After this physiological therapy and when the specific muscle no longer exhibits muscle dysfunction, physical therapy can now be carried out to successfully rehabilitate the muscle to its previous strength. In other words, physiological therapy (to facilitate muscle function) precedes physical therapy (to facilitate muscle strength).
In summary, it can be said that muscles can suffer physiological deafferentation due to incorrect signals from the Golgi tendon organ mechanoreceptors, which are located at the musculotendinous junctions at their origin and insertion. Precise muscle manipulation of these mechanoreceptors can restore normal physiological tone and function to the muscle. This restoration of function is critical to full recovery and successful rehabilitation.
Eugene Charles, DC, DIBAK, received his PhD in chiropractic from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1987 and a degree in applied kinesiology in 1994. He teaches postgraduate courses teaching doctors of all disciplines applied kinesiology. He also developed the Allergy Technique ™, which is currently used by doctors around the world. He is the author of Journey To Healing: The Art and Science of Applied Kinesiology, available at https://amzn.to/2UcsJpu.