Neutral zones and thresholds
Every structure in your body has a neutral zone where there isn’t too much tension. In some cases, like a ligament, this zone is quite small and allows very little movement. Other structures, like muscles, have a much bigger neutral zone and, therefore, allows more movement. Whether it’s a muscle, nerve, ligament or the fascia connecting all these structures, each one also has a threshold to protect you from injury.
A threshold is when you start to move from the neutral or “safe” zone towards the “danger” zone where you might get injured. Once a stimulus is strong enough to reach this threshold, it triggers specialized receptors that send a message to your brain. Under normal circumstances, these receptors are triggered to get your attention and protect you from injury. How your brain responds is determined by a multitude of factors. Previous experience, old injuries, the context of what you are doing at that moment, to name a few. If your brain interprets the stimulus that triggered the message as dangerous, it should result in a protective action. For example touching a stove. A low temperature won’t reach the predetermined threshold, so your brain will probably ignore the message. However, a hot stove will trigger the receptors and your brain will respond to get your hand away from the danger.
Myofascial release in Lyno
Muscle stiffness or movement restriction also usually starts as a protective mechanism after an injury. In other cases, these changes happen due to habits like slouching or keeping your head tilted when you use your phone. Eventually, the threshold that triggers the receptors in your body gets lower. This means that your protective mechanism kicks in before the movement actually becomes a threat. The myofascial release used during Lyno aims to retrain your nerves to get this threshold back to its normal level. Almost like recalibrating your nerves to decrease the threat value of the movement.
Special receptors in your body send information to your brain about where each part is and what it’s doing. For instance, if you close your eyes and lift your hand, you will still know where your hand, arm, and fingers are, even though you can’t see. This might not seem very important, but proprioception is how you can take a sip of coffee without concentrating on how the cup gets to your mouth. Balancing on one leg or throwing a ball are other examples of how useful proprioception is.
Wedges in Lyno
The yellow page wedges in Lyno use proprioception to activate functional lines. Even though you aren’t aware of it, the pressure from the wedge will trigger receptors under your foot and send information to your brain.