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Your anatomy does NOT dictate your function.

It’s the other way around: Function dictates anatomy.  So what, right?  NO!  This fundamental understanding of how our body functions, improves or degrades, is the keystone to maintaining a healthy, functional human body.

Here’s why:

BioFlow is a scientific term that illustrates that our different types of tissue are not all that different at all.  Muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, bone.  Forever, it has been understood that these are distinct anatomical structures with unique physiological functions.  If you look at anatomy text books, it is obvious in the pictures what is bone, muscle, ligament, etc.  [Quick Review: Ligaments link bones together; tendons attach muscles to the bone.]  It ain’t that simple.

Actually, from a different perspective, it’s more simple.

Connective Tissue

All of these anatomical structures are connective tissue that became specialized. Connective tissue that is being asked to “contract” will specialize into muscle; Connective tissue that needs to “secure” bones will become ligament; The connective tissue of muscle fibers will “blend” into more fibrous tissue as it inserts into bone (we call this portion of muscle ‘tendons’).  Bone, too, is specialized connective tissue.  When we learn to weight bear as babies, our bones ossify into hard, weight-bearing connective tissue.  If we never crawled and walked as babies, our bones wouldn’t need to be dense, weight-bearing bones.  Our function dictated our anatomy.  

Will this Alter our Anatomy?

So, if function dictates anatomy, then if we alter our function, we can alter our anatomy.  Right?  YES!  Muscle building exercises influence our muscles to be stronger and bigger.  Our function dictates our anatomy. But, this concept applies to the tendon, ligament, and bone too!  If the muscle training exercise is done correctly, the ‘tendonous’ portion of the muscle becomes stronger too.  If you position the bones in the correct way to ‘stress’ the ligaments around a joint (where two bones meet), we can actually strengthen the ligament.  [Amazingly, we can even “create” new ligaments by demanding it from the body by stressing the joint in just the right way to create a ligament where there wasn’t one before; This is what has happened when you learn from the news that “a new muscle / ligament / tendon was discovered in the body”.  It wasn’t discovered!  It wasn’t hiding.  That individual developed it; Either on purpose or by accident.  Function dictated the need for anatomy]  I use joint-stressed positions with patients at the proper time in the rehabilitation process to strengthen a ligament that was sprained.  For instance, if you sprain your ankle by rolling your foot, then putting the foot in that position and doing specific exercises will help rebuild the strength to that compromised ligament.  Function dictates anatomy.  Number one cause of a sprained ankle is ….?  A previously sprained ankle.  Why?  Because people don’t rehab their injuries properly.  So, every time it is injured, it is weaker than it was before.

So, How can BioFlow Help?

BioFlow is incredibly relevant today as more and more humans are learning that dairy is not the crucial ingredient to having strong bones.  Weight-bearing physical activity helps increase bone density. If you don’t use your bones the way they need to be used, they will lose bone density, and then your doctor will tell you that you have osteoporosis.  I’m not discounting the role of having enough calcium, magnesium, vitamin D in your body, but none of it will do you any good without the functional demands of your bones.  If all we did for bone density was drink milk and suntan, we’d be in big trouble.  It’s akin to a body-builder who just drinks protein shakes, instead of working out.  Without the functional demands, your body falls apart.

Don’t let your body fall apart!  Speak to me for more information.  I’m here to help.

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