Chronic Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, ITB, groin pain, hip pain, lumbar disc lesions, recurring shoulder injuries etc. are just a few conditions that may be caused by a locked spiral pattern.
In the LYNO FROM assessment we use at least 12 different functional and ROM tests to determine if the body is locked in a upper or lower spiral pattern. A lock on any part of the spiral sling, may cause strain in any other part of the spiral pattern, leading to chronic strain, irritation and eventually dysfunction.
When your car’s tyre starts to wear off in one area, replacement of the tyre is essential, but we all know that without correcting the wheel alignment at the same time, the new tyre will wear off in the same area.
The same happens with the human body. If the body’s alignment is disturbed, it will result in strain and chronic injury in a specific area. While symptomatic treatment might relieve the symptoms, the pain or injury will most probably return if the original cause was due to non-alignment.
The Locked Spiral Line
All the parts of the body including muscles, visceral organs, bones etc. are embedded in bags of connective tissue that we call fascia.The different fascia layers are able to glide on top of each other due to a lubricating substance called hyaluronic acid. However, whenever a part of the body becomes immobilized for example due to an injury or if a certain group of muscles are overused due to habits or repetitive movement, the viscosity of the hyaluronic acid increases and becomes like a glue, locking the surfaces together.
The following activities are just a few examples that may cause locking of the spiral line:
- one-sided sports like golf, cricket, tennis, hockey, etc.
- habitual patterns including carrying a toddler on one hip, crossing your legs when sitting,
- repetitive rotation activities like sweeping, digging
- breathing only to one side when swimming
- running on camber
- speed training around a track
- any actions that involve repetition of rotation to one side
All the above activities will favor a specific spiral sling, causing shortening and locking of the muscles on the one side and weakening of the muscles on the opposite side. The client is normally unaware of the non-alignment and symptoms will only start showing once he/she attempts to use both spiral lines at high intensity. For example; an athlete who has been training on an oval athletic track over a long period of time, will develop more strength and might become locked towards one spiral pattern. When years later, the athlete decides to shift to long distance running, an activity which requires equal strength and mobility of both spiral patterns, he/she could suddenly develop a chronic Achilles problem on the weaker side. A full assessment will clearly show up the area(s) of ‘locked short’ fascia, which is normally not where the symptoms are.
Testing spiral line function
In the LYNO method we use at least 12 tests on either side to determine if the spiral lines are fully functional and mobile. The following 5 tests form part of our spiral assessment:
Test 1: Neck Rotation
Passive neck rotation should be equal to both sides.
Test 2: Hand Behind Back
The passive range of motion of both arms should be equal. For full range the full hand should be above the bottom border of the scapula.
Test 3: Hip rotation
Medial and lateral rotation of both hips should be equal. Full rotation requires 45 degrees of rotation to both sides.
Test 4: Knee and ankle tracking
When performing a one-legged squat, both the knee and ankle should track straight forward. In the 2nd picture below, it is clear how the client cheats with upper body rotation in order to get ‘neutral’ tracking of the knee.
Test 5: Active ankle eversion and inversion including toe function
The bottom part of the spiral line is made up of the Tibialis Anterior muscle which runs down the front of the shin towards the medial aspect of the foot and then connects with the fascia underneath the foot. The Peroneus muscle runs down the outside of the calf, behind the lateral malleolus and then connects with the fascia underneath the foot. These 2 muscles, combined with the connective tissue band underneath the foot, act like a stirrup for the foot, and enable and control inversion and eversion. If either of these 2 muscles becomes locked onto the fascia, it will cause a disturbance to the balance of the foot and lead to all kinds of injuries including stress fractures, tendonitis and fasciitis. A fully functional ‘stirrup’ will allow full inversion of the foot with the big toe up and the other 4 toes down, as well as full eversion with the big toe pointing down and the 4 toes up.
The FROM Analysis
Once we have performed all 67 tests of the full FROM test, the practitioner will analyze the results to determine in which patterns the body is locked. The releases are performed according to a specific formula and tests are repeated in between releases until full fascia mobility is restored.
In the LYNO method we combine a manual hands-on technique with very specific active movement (in the opposite direction) in order to release densification and restore mobility of hyaluronic acid in the ‘locked’ area. The video below shows the release of the fascia surrounding the Tibialis Anterior muscle which together with the Peroneus muscle forms part of the stirrup around the foot, which controls ankle movement.
A fully functional and injury-free body is completely dependent on the mobility of the fascia. The spiral line is the main pattern in the body and almost all our movements include the spiral slings. A locked spiral sling therefore has a huge impact on the body and is the cause of most of our muscle dysfunctions.