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Muscular Retraining for Pain-free Living: A Practical Approach to Eliminating Chronic Back Pain, Tendonitis, Neck and Shoulder Tension, and Repetitive Stress Injuries

Muscular Retraining for Pain-Free Living - Craig  Williamson Easy to understand, very good overview. Lots of detailed discussion of specific muscle areas and photos/descriptions of exercises to address issues. "Kinesthetic dysfunction is the inability to sense your kinesthesia accurately, even when you intentionally attempt to pay attention to it. In my professional experience, I have found that problems with kinethesia are an extremely common cause of muscular pain, yet most people are unfamiliar with this connection.If you have kinesthetic dysfunction, you cannot accurately sense whether certain muscles are relaxed or engaged. As a result, tensed muscles remain tense, and sooner or later the tension becomes painful. As long as your kinesthetic awareness is dysfunctional, you cannot correct the way you carry and use your body." p.15"Kinesthetic dysfunction is not caused by nerve damage, nor is it an injury. Rather, it is a problem with how you *perceive* the messages coming from you kinesthetic receptors. You need 2 things to correct KD: new sensory input and a willingness to pay attention to it." p.15"Your neuromuscular system requires accurate kinesthetic perception to use your muscles properly. It is not know exactly how kinesthetic dysfunction occurs, but it certainly does occur. When kinesthetic perception is dysfunctional, the neuromuscular system cannot properly execute muscle control or create balanced muscle tone. Dysfunction of this sort commonly occurs in people with chronic muscle tension from pain reactions, injuries, inefficient body alignment, or prolonged psychological stress. This condition is completely invisible. It cannot be detected with x-rays, MRI, blood tests, nerve conduction tests, or strength tests. Kinesthetic dysfunction can only be discovered by asking a person if he or she can perceive the effort and relaxation of muscles and then testing whether this perception is true to what the muscles are actually doing." p. 17