The human body is a complex system of many interconnected parts. We have bones, muscle, tendons, organs, tissue, and other systems all working together, functioning as a single organism. Every component is important and responsible for its own set of functions.
In this complex system, your nervous system forms the foundation. The nervous system is responsible for allowing the body to communicate with the brain and the brain to communicate with the body. It’s through this communication that the body maintains balance and maximum efficiency, and there are three required elements for maintaining that balance and efficiency: mobility, alignment, and stability.
The Three Pillars of Body Mechanics
Each of the three pillars of body mechanics is equally important. If one area is lacking, the body’s balance is compromised, and the other areas must compensate. Understanding how to improve each pillar and prevent them from declining is of utmost importance within the DMR Method. Below, I’ll briefly explain each pillar.
DMR Method Pillar #1: Mobility
When the joints in one area of the spine are not moving properly; joints with proper mobility must do more than they are designed for in order to make up for what the immobile parts lack. This causes unnecessary stress and strain on the mobile areas, eventually leading to pain and inflammation. The instability caused by immobility leaves the body in an unstable state, susceptible to injury.
DMR Method Pillar #2: Alignment
When your body is in proper alignment, your spine is able to carry your body’s weight. By sheer design, the spine is incredibly efficient and resilient. However, if proper alignment isn’t maintained, the load and stress of carrying your body’s weight becomes the responsibility of other systems, even those not designed to be load-bearing. Poor spinal alignment causes muscles to stress, fatigue, and compensate, leaving the body prone to aggravation and injury.
DMR Method Pilar #3: Stability
Stability, the third pillar of body mechanics, is achieved by strong, coordinated, and balanced muscles. Muscles become stronger, or weaker, as a response to the demands placed upon them. When muscles are not challenged, they become weak, contributing to muscle imbalance. Muscle imbalances tend to get worse the longer they go unchecked, because muscular stability relies on opposition. When that opposition is threatened, poor posture, chronic muscle spasms, and pain result.
The DMR Method and The Pillars of Body Mechanics
All three pillars of body mechanics work in conjunction with each other to support the spine – a complex and important structure. If any deficiencies in mobility, alignment, or stability exist, you may experience both pain and disability. Treating all three pillars in the right order and in the right way causes a rapid decrease in symptoms while creating an environment for your nervous system to work at peak efficiency.