By Karen Klatt
Atlanta, GA . . . The American work force is similar to its athletic community in that muscles are frequently called on to perform repetitive tasks.
The athlete is all too familiar with the pains of shin splints, tennis elbow, muscle strain, joint sprain, pinched nerve, etc. Today’s work environment has prompted such phrases as repetitive strain injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, over-use syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. Recent research in the field of biomechanics has shown that the athlete and the worker have one common, constant, irrefutable finding. Both the athlete and the worker exhibit non-compliant muscle tissue.
In order to understand non-compliant muscle it is necessary to discuss compliant muscle. Compliant muscle can be stretched, shortened, twisted and compressed without soreness or pain. It exhibits good circulation, flexibility, strength and the qualities of endurance.
On the other hand non-compliant tissue is stiff, tight, and tender with a feeling of painful knots in the muscle. It exhibits poor circulation, reduced flexibility, weakness and easily fatigues. Non-compliant muscle is susceptible to injury in the same way a worn tire invites a blow out. Non-compliant muscle create barriers which restrict peak performance. The key to achieving peak work performance is to remove the barriers.
The human body contains roughly 690 muscle heads, tendons and bellies. Why are some compliant and others are not? Why do certain muscle get stiff during sudden weather changes, yet others appear unaffected? Why do we continually wake up with the same pain in the same place over and over? Why does our back hurt more white sitting or standing than during bending? Why do our episodes of muscular pain always return to the same spot? Why does the pain keep coming back . . . even after treatment?
The above hypothetical questions have one common answer, and that is myofascial lesions in the form of barrier trigger points. Barrier trigger points are inflexible bands of muscle containing knots. These knots set an artificial ceiling on muscle performance by restricting blood flow to the muscle. And, unrestricted blood flow is vital for both high performance and full recovery from muscle activity. In other words barrier trigger points are the primary cause of non-compliant muscle.
Intracell Technology converts non-compliant muscles to complaint muscles by means of an instrument called the INTRACELL STICK. This non-motorized biomechanical device is composed of a semi-rigid core around which independent spindles freely revolve in a cylindrical yet non-symmetrical manner.
The INTRACELL STICK allows a worker to self-perform general as well as segmental therapeutic procedures with a high degree of precision. It is this biomechanical rolling, stretching, twisting, and compressing of muscle tissue that diffuses barrier trigger points and rehabilitates non-compliant muscles. These procedures remove the barriers to peak work performance.