Knowing what CBD is can help patients heal faster. (No, it is not a piece of equipment)
Have you ever heard about Center of Balance Dysfunction (CBD)? Probably not! For years we used a specialized full body motion assessment to analyze where the body moves well and where it does not move well. About 7 years ago, we began observing pain or a dysfunction in one area always elicited a motion deficit multiple areas elsewhere. Oddly enough, the biggest motion deficit was often far away from the area of pain or dysfunction.
Out of curiosity, we tested to see what would happen to the painful or dysfunctional areas when we reset or rebalanced these other motion deficits. The painful area typically responded a lot faster and relief lasted for a greater period of time when these other areas muscle balance was reset. It didn’t matter if the injury area was minutes old or had been there for years.
Now almost 10 years later,and after treating thousands of patients, it appears the body’s center of balance is misaligned to some degree with every incident of pain or dysfunction. Over time, the body’s center of balance no longer resides in a healthy position for full motion. The person now simply cannot function as well.
We find that in a large number of patients, muscle, joint & surgery pain is not being addressed as efficiently or effectively as it could be. Treating just the area of injury is NOT enough. Treating areas immediately above or below the area of injury also is not enough. We have found that a Center of Balance Dysfunction (CBD) isthe primary cause of most painful conditions. To reset or realign their CBD, different areas of the body must be treated simultaneously. It is this simultaneous treatment that facilitates faster healing.
Even if a person is pain free for a period of time, if these motion deficits are not addressed, pain will return. It just may be in another area of the body. This delayed transference of pain leads many physicians to instruct their patients to take it easy for 7 to 10 days on the chance that their pain will resolve on its own. And partially, they are correct.
The pain they are experiencing now may resolve, however the underlying pull or misalignment on their body’s center of balance has had nothing done to re-align it. If you tested specific motions of this person they would still show imbalances that need to be re-aligned to prevent further problems. The degree that this person’s body is already out of alignment directly correlates to the time frame in which they will have more problems. For some, they are constantly out of a state of alignment and pain is a daily struggle.
To See it work go to www.totalmotionrelease.com . For most of you, the results shown will be remarkable. They shatter many paradigms about healing. Thank goodness results are seen quickly or you would never believe us.
Our goal is to educate you on a more rapid approach to pain relief. A significant number of our New Patients have an ah-hah moment on their 1st visit. That alone motivates them to return. No more – “I wonder if this will work.” Or it takes two weeks of consistent treatment before you will see results.
What does Turtle Guy have to do with healing?
One of the most important, and most overlooked part of pain is the degree in which a persons center of balance has been displaced. In the above example, the lower Box represents the center of balance being offset down the right leg. This is similar to what happens with a foot, ankle, knee or leg injury.
Traditionally, it is accepted that the best way to treat this injury is at the site or near the injury. 75% of the time treatment to the site of injury does little to re-balance the body. In fact, most people after conventional therapy, if put through center of balance motion tests will show considerable loss of functional motion. This means relief will be short lived, or the imbalance that was causing the initial pain will now be pulling on the next weak link in the body. It is only a matter of time until the person experiences more pain or dysfunction.
Healing does not occur optimally or as rapidly from treatment to the area of injury as it does using a center of balance resetting approach. If you look at nature as our guide, a dog that sprains its back right leg suspends this leg for a day or two. At the same time, and this is the part of healing that is rarely looked at, the other 3 legs are now working harder.
How does this working harder by the 3 “good” legs help the “bad” leg heal?
First a little explanation is needed.
The initial impact or injury (the ankle sprain) causes the center of balance to be displaced toward that ankle. This is similar to assessing a joint using joint mobs and finding the motion is restricted in one direction. The mechanism that causes this motion restriction in a joint is similar to that found in the body as a whole. Instead of testing for the freedom of movement of the joint center, we are testing for the freedom of movement of the body. Its’ center is marked by what we refer to as the center of balance.
Looking at the picture to the left and using the above example of the dog - if the dog is left to its own vices the stronger use of the left leg will pull the yellow block toward the midline. The stronger use of the two arms will then pull the yellow block back up to center (smaller arrows).
Understanding and using the center of balance resetting approach (or Total Motion Release) you can expedite this realignment by simply using the left arm even harder (diagonal thicker line). This will bring the body into alignment faster. This realignment reduces not only the primary area of issue, but multiple areas of dysfunction. Experience has shown us, patients who suffer from more than one area of pain have tremendous improvement with the use of this approach.
This concept, as compared to treatment only to the area of injury, has been shown to provide more rapid results with the relief of pain, a quicker return to full functional motion and a proactive means to preventing future problems.
See it Work
If you would like to see the Center of Balance Resetting Approach (Total Motion Release) work on You & your patients, please visit our website www.totalmotionrelease.com. Be sure to watch just one video because once you do you’ll want to learn more. We have lots of free online videos demonstrating this approach. The videos are not just before and after videos, we show the process being applied. If you are a located in Raleigh, NC and need help resolving an pain complaint, we hope you will give us a call or visit our clinic website at www.totalmotionpt.com
I hope you enjoyed this article. If you ever have any questions feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Tom Dalonzo-Baker, MPT
Founder of Total Motion Release
Owner of Total Motion Physical Therapy