body’s compensations to injury Vancouver Physiotherapy

Pain and tension in the body is often caused by old injuries that have not resolved and the body’s attempt at compensating for them. The body compensates by switching on some muscles excessively (hypertonic), and turning off other muscles unnecessarily (hypotonic). This creates a string of muscle imbalances and mal-alignments up and down the body.

For example, if the pelvis is rotated, structures above will rotate in opposite directions with the aim of keeping the eyes looking forward and level. Somewhere along the way, something breaks down and causes pain.

Trina Lee
Registered Physiotherapist
West End, Vancouver