When does aging happen?
Well, obviously it happens when you’re old, right? What IS aging anyway?
We often think of aging as diminishing energy, mobility, increasing stiffness, loss of strength, thinning muscle mass, skin and hair, general slowing down, dulling of senses, loss of memory, decline of function, disease….? Doesn’t sound very appealing, does it?
Here are a couple stories.
How about Fatima, the Persian woman who climbed 60 steps each day with a newborn calf that grew into a full sized ox?
Or Milo, the greatest Greek wrestler who also used a calf to carry around Croton as it grew in size, He grew in strength.
Jack Lalane, 1984 (age 70) – handcuffed, shackled, and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 rowboats, one with several guests, from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 whole mile.
But what if aging didn’t begin with a number, but when your body suffers from abuse, stress, or dysfunction?
By dysfunction, I mean the malfunctioning of a structure, or when something is doing something it is not designed to do. Tension where it doesn’t belong, or excessive and prolonged stress on a structure
I’ve felt dysfunction in children as young as 3. What happens to the dysfunction as the child ages? Does it magically go away?
Once I had a gig offering massage for high school grads and noticed a plethora of problems in the making. Let’s follow this through their lives. What happens?
Does it get better?
What if aging is not a function of time as much as accumulation, compensation and dysfunction?
Aging doesn’t happen later, it happens in the NOW. It’s not a normal pattern, at least in the musculoskeletal realm. Dysfunction magnifies over time, stress acculmulates over time, but time itself is not the problem.
Tension is a reflection of dysfunction. First of all, tension is not a muscular problem. Connective tissue has a much more imressive ability to hold
Second, it is negotiable and I’ve proven it with myself and countless others. Michael is experiencing knee ROM and return form being bow-legged even after 17 years of it.