THE MISSING DIAGNOSIS
There are over 600 muscles in the body, and about 20 separately testable muscles or divisions of muscles supporting each joint. In people with pain and dysfunction, at least 20% of the muscles in the involved joint or area will be weak when tested, sometimes many more.
This weakness, called muscle inhibition, is not the result of lack of exercise. In fact, studies show that inhibited muscles do not respond even to aggressive exercise and physical therapy. Since the condition was first noted in 1965, researchers have been unable to find treatment that will reverse it. Despite the research, muscle inhibition is overlooked. It is not listed among the 70,000+ codes that doctors worldwide use to classify their patient’s conditions. It is a missing diagnosis.
But that doesn't stop it from being debilitating in some cases.
The most severe case of muscle inhibition I have seen involved a 32-year-old woman whose right ankle had severe pain and weakness so debilitating that she relied on her boyfriend to carry her up the stairs to her first-floor apartment. Testing the muscles of her nvolved foot, Ifound about 80% of the muscles to be weak. After about 15 minutes of treatment, all the muscles tested strong and she was able to raise up onto her tiptoe using the involved foot with far less pain. She reported that she could climb the stairs on her own after that.
Treatment of any musculoskeletal condition begins with rebooting the muscles in the area of complaint. (Exceptions to this rule are any condition in which tissue damage requires immobilization. Most sprain-strain injuries do not fall into this category.) Otherwise it's like trying tune up a car with a missing spark plug; it will never run properly.
Pretty impressive for treating an irreversible condition that doesn't exist, but while that result impressed me — the young woman had a complex of health issues that might have interfered with the results — it was not really surprising. After almost 4 decades of studying the responses of muscles and developing increasingly efficient ways of restoring their function, I know that it is the exception when all the muscles that we target cannot be “rebooted”. With all the muscles working, I also know that there is a great chance that the symptoms will be immediately improved, if they are not completely gone.
From this and countless other cases that I and other practitioners have treated, successfully addressing conditions of the hands, arms, shoulders, jaw, neck, back, hips, knees, and feet by correcting muscles, it is obvious that the researchers have overlooked these therapies. The best evidence comes from the use of this technology in the NBA.
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