Greg Miller from IBK Remedial massage and Fighting Fit's in house massage therapist share some thoughts with you!
Your Body Is like a Share House
Have you ever received a remedial massage and thought to yourself, wow I feel great, but curiously the therapist didn’t really spend as much time on the area that is the centre of my pain but worked nearby and in some cases far from that?
Well this little write up is all about explaining why as a remedial massage therapist I might not go straight in for the area and the benefits to you.
So in order to explain why I do this I have come up with an analogy to better explain it without all the technical jargon that health practitioners love to throw around.
Now if you can think of your body as a share house, and your soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons) are the tenants. Can you remember a time you were living in a house with a bunch of people and noticed how a majority of the time everyone got along. Sometimes house mates were closer then others, but still you were all linked as a unit. That's like muscles around certain joints in the body. They might not be close by they are still linked together to perform together.
Now if one person in the house became angry and their anger transferred to the rest of this group, especially the ones that were directly in contact with them. The angry person in the group would stop maintaining the house and their general negativity would spread and cause problems with the house and other tenants.
The group directly related with the angry person would become very angry. This anger would transfer to the next group to a point where the whole house would become grumpy and upset, the anger would transfer the further from the source.
Eventually, someone would have to come in and mediate the problem and calm the original angry housemate down along with everyone else that was affected so peace can be restored.
How does this analogy relate to your body? In this circumstance, the original angry tenant could be your Subscapularis muscle (the muscle on the inside of your shoulder blade). He then aggravates his housemates "the rotator cuff" so they then in turn aggravate everyone around them eg the pecs, latts, biceps, etc. By then the shoulder complex (household) does not efficiently and naturally work together, causing a negative chain reaction through the body.