The In-Balance Technique is a special blend of Chiropractic, Functional Neurology, Kinesiology, and several other therapeutic techniques to observe, interpret, and subsequently affect the brain-body relationship. The technique was developed and is based off of the principal that the brain controls and receives feedback from all aspects of our body. It controls our muscles, movement, balance, digestion, hormones, immune reactions, repair, and growth. When there is dysfunction in the brain it will manifest as dysfunction in the body, and the reverse is also true.
In our office, some common examples of dysfunction in the body would be a tight muscle, vertebral misalignment, or joint pain. Understanding how the brain has control over these areas is the key to efficient rehabilitation of structure, function, and providing symptom relief. We recognize that many other symptoms and conditions from allergies, bed-wetting hormone imbalance, digestive disorders, muscles weakness, degeneration, and fatigue, can be caused by or perpetuated by dysfunction in the brain.
The utilization of the In-Balance Technique relies upon keen observation by the doctor or trained practitioner to evaluate neurologic signaling from the brain to the body. With this evaluation it can be determined whether or not the signals are balanced from side to side, top to bottom, or front to back. If there is an imbalance, therapies are designed and applied to stimulate specific areas of brain to correct the imbalance and furthermore, correct the body’s dysfunction.
The Role of Proper Force Absorption
Due to the affect of gravity on earth, every person, plant, animal, and structure on this planet must resist the force of gravity at every moment. Lucky for us we have developed a system of force absorption to protect our bodies. As force enters our body, it is the job of the muscle to absorb force. In order for a muscle to absorb force properly it must be able to turn on at the exact moment force enters into our body. It must also be able to turn on strong enough to absorb the amount of force entering the area. The ability of a muscle to turn on is controlled by the signals coming from the brain. If the signals from the brain are slow or weak it will cause the muscle to respond late and with less strength. This results in some of the force not being absorbed properly. The unabsorbed force will start to transfer to other areas of the body that were not designed to absorb it. These areas are tendons, ligaments, meniscus, labrum, cartilage, bone, bursa, fascia, and other muscles. Because these structures are not designed to absorb force they start to stretch, fray, tear, degenerate, and become inflamed and injured. Very often the cause of injury to tissues is force transferring into the area because of the loss of ability to absorb the force properly by the muscle.
This concept goes against what is often thought by patients and practitioners alike, that the problem lies in the injured tissue itself. Therefore treatment is designed and applied to the injured area alone. One example is when an athlete tears an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee. It is the thought of the athlete, the surgeon, and the physical therapist, that the problem is with the ACL. Through the eyes of the In-Balance Technique we can see the problem is a force absorption issue which resulted in an ACL tear.
Correction of an Injury
The first step to healing any injury is to remove the force from the injured tissue. Very often when a tissue becomes damaged by force transferring into it, the force continues to transfer into that area after the injury occurs. This is part of what causes injuries to heal very slowly or not to heal at all. With the In-Balance system, the cause of the injury is addressed by stimulating the brain to have proper muscle control, and hence force absorption. Once the affected muscle is absorbing force, the force will cease to transfer into the injured tissue and the area can then begin to heal.
Pre and Post Surgical Rehabilitation
Sometimes surgery is needed to repair damaged tissue. In this case, if the patient is not able to absorb force properly before surgery, they will not be able to absorb force properly after surgery. This may result in slow healing, muscle atrophy, pain, and recurring injuries. Unfortunately, we see significant numbers of patients who have the same symptoms return after their surgeries when force absorption was not addressed beforehand. We have seen many patients with three or four surgeries on the same joint who continue to have problems before eventually ending up in our office for an evaluation. In every case, the patient had muscles that were not absorbing force that was contributing to their problem. Surgery itself can affect the ability for muscles to absorb force. An evaluation is important to make sure all muscles are firing appropriately in order to receive the most efficient healing following surgery.
Dr J. Pietila is the founder of the In-Balance Technique.