A structural shift is a primary condition where there is an imbalance in the fascial lines of your body and or boney misalignments in your spine or extremities.
Fascia refers to the body-wide collagenous web that surrounds every muscle, most organs, and even the brain. Fascial lines run from the bottom of your foot to the top of your head and everywhere in between in 12 major lines. If there is unbalanced tension in any one of these lines, at any point in the line, it will cause problematic secondary conditions.
NORMAL VS. ABNORMAL:
To understand what we do and how what we do is different, let’s first start off by talking about what is considered normal structural balance and what is considered abnormal balance.
Let’s use a suspension bridge to make it easier to visualize.
Photo A is “Normal”.
There is equal tension between the compression and tension structures of the bridge. Everything is in balance.
Photo B shows “Abnormal”.
At some point, there was a discrepancy in the compression vs. tension component of the bridge which then caused the bridge to fail. The bridge failed because of prolonged irregular strain on the compression/tension structures. This led to secondary problems such as instability, unequal weight distribution, and, eventually, collapse.
The same is true regarding the human frame. We are very similar to a suspension bridge. The compression structures (BONES) and tension structures (LIGAMENTS, MUSCLES, TENDONS) must be in balance, or else many secondary conditions will start to show up.
Many patients are referred to our office because they are experiencing one or more secondary conditions or symptoms and oftentimes are unable to get results through other means, both medical as well as natural. For more information about structural shifts and whether they may be affecting your health, contact us today.