How to fix Weak Posterior Chain issues with SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy

YaNaKa & Push The Foot

How to fix Weak Posterior Chain issues with SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy

by Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James

Your SomaVeda® Thai Yoga client still has hamstring, hip and or low back pain after sessions or SomaVeda® Therapeutic Day program!

A review and commentary by Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James: Dean of the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine

The reason may be a Weak Posterior Chain!

What is Weak Posterior Chain?

A weak Posterior chain is the structure and function of the posterior thighs (hamstrings), Gluts and Sacral/ Low Back. They are under developed, injured, weak and as a result uncoordinated and worse subject to atrophy from lack of use. When I say lack of use, I mean it in every way. Too much sitting, not enough range of motion and insufficient load bearing exercise to build and maintain healthy muscle and soft tissue including connective tissue… Ligaments and tendons etc. This region may be ischemic and low in circulating oxygen which may affect the structure and function of the nerves and soft tissue creating an inclination to spasm and further reducing accessible range of motion. Hard to do Yoga when the muscles and tissues themselves are working hard even at rest to do the opposite!

 

Why? Client Compliance and lack of proper, effective at home self care!

What does this mean and how to improve on long term issues either with or after a SomaVeda® Thai Yoga program? Rome was not built in a day! As beneficial as a full seven day+ SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapeutic Day Protocol or program is, it is NOT Magic! Many chronic pain issues develop over many years and are further complicated with both traumatic history of accidents and injuries, accumulated over time. Complicated with malnutrition and toxicities, years of inactivity and resulting atrophy, energy imbalances and more. We do eventually want to address all of these as they impact the specific clients pain and well being moving them towards recovery. However, today I want to bring attention to what the clients can and does have to do on their own behalf! The SomaVeda® Thai Yoga technique I am focusing on today is the SOmaVedar Thai Yoga “YaNaKa” or “Push The Leg”. YaNaKa is the essential Thai Yoga technique, representing a three joint traction and decompression technique. YaNaKa emphasizes the posterial leg lines or Thai Sen lines above the knee to the PSIS pelvis. The three joint’s affected are the ankle, knee and pelvis. This one of the very few techniques in any physical therapy system that can traction and decompress the knee… very important and helpful if there is inflammation , extra fluid or swelling in the knee.

Watch the 159 Different YaNaKa & Push The Leg video to see the “Hands-On” Chirothesia corrections we have in our SomaVeda® kit.

We can do amazing work. The issue always comes back to what is the patient/ client doing between sessions at home? How can the client/ patient comply with their recovery process addressing some of the true causes for their “Weak Posterior Chain” issues?

What the client themselves does in support of their own progress towards either reduced pain, pain free living and or free and easy range of motion is vital. Even after a full program and any where from 9 to 12 contact hours hands on… this pales in comparison to the twenty four/ seven lifestyle of the client for ether good or ill.

All pain clients have a “Kapha Dosha” imbalance! No matter what their diagnosis, “Vikruti” or elemental imbalance or body type. How? Why? One of the key indicators of a “Kapha Dosha” imbalance is IGNORANCE. Ignorance of how the client themselves created the origin of the pain, the injury, the atrophy, the chronic inflammation, the poor medical or therapeutic choices which may not only not helped but made the pain worse. This includes relegating responsibility for their healing and wellness to institutional and or corporate medico’s who simply proscribed various drugs, steroids, opiates etc. for “pain management”, but which in the long term did not prove helpful.

Yes, the clients need help, need therapeutic program and intervention. However, they also need guidance in self maintenance and home practices which will educate them in support of their personal compliance routines… Where the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapeutic Program ends , the clients self work and compliance with the therapist counseling and recommendations begins!

The SomaVeda® T.A.E.L.R. (SomaVeda® Tool Assisted Energy Line Release) protocol extends the hands on Chirothesia or manual therapeutic hands on healing ministry with the use of adjuncts therapies and “tools”. One of the most important tools is to educate the client into what they can control, contribute and effectively do at home for themselves as the partner in the therapy.

Consider: Weak Posterior Chain?

More than these? Consider:

  • Lack of Isometric Strength
  • Walking with discomfort
  • Hips locking up
  • Bad posture leading to injury
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Sluggishness in day to day life
  • Rounded Shoulder
  • Tight Hips
  • Compromised Immune System
  • “Anerobic Lactic Threshold” and why it’s important.
  • Loss of sexual performance
  • Lack of Explosiveness in Yoga practice, the gym, sports and or Martial Arts

It’s not enough to know the clients needs to do their “home work” and self care, they need proper and sustained, detailed guidance on what to do and how to do it.

Your not going to be with them at home, so we need a home study program that targets the issue. You the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Certified Practitioner, Therapist, Minister or Physician do your amazing part. Refer your client (also yourself if your the one with the chronic pain!) to “Ground Control Program” for an amazing program.

Please take a moment to read this important sponsored message from “Ground Control” Program. 

Have you heard about Weak Posterior Chain?

Your Posterior Chain…

…stabilize your trunk and spine during movement and sitting

…allow you to bend your hips and legs towards your chest

…support your internal organs

…is connected to your diaphragm which allows you to walk and breathe.

In other words, your posterior chain has a direct influence on your fight or flight response!

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Most of you know that I hold Black Belt Rank is Martial Arts as well as equivilent in MA that do not use the belt system such as Thai Muay Boran and Krabri Krabong. Click Here to see my Martial Arts Bio… I also hold Black Belt Rank in Go Budo Jiu-Jitsu. Jiu-Jitsu training is related to that of Judo but with a much wider variety of techniques and training methodalities. In fact, in my opinion Jiu-Jitsu training has the answer, the perfected solution to the “Weak Posterior Chain”. I have found an amazing 12 weak HOME STUDY/ HOME Practice Course which is helping thousands of athletes right now over come these physical limitations. Do not be intimidated by my reference to “Athletes”. Trust me when I say What Works for Athletes Will Work For You!

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If the posterior chain get tight and weak, it can be a real pain but working certain muscles and doing the certain exercise combinations provide easy fixes. CLICK HERE! for the “At-Home” Compliance and personal self help program.

So… If you experience…

low back pain

hip pain

stiffness

pain while walking or moving

lack or loss of range of motion in your Posterior Chain (Hamstrings, Gluts, Sacral/ Low Back area)

shortness of breath

You need to start undoing some of the damage done to your body and start helping the body to naturally heal itself.

 

Here are the best “At Home” strategies to Go from “Tight” to “Mobile, Strong & Supple”.

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga T.A.E.L.R. Practice Adjunct: Your clients hip and low back is aching because…

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga for Hip Flexor

Your SomaVeda® Thai Yoga client still has hip and or low back pain after sessions or SomaVeda® Therapeutic Day program!

A review and commentary by Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James: Dean of the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine

 

pelvic tensegrity

The reason may be Pelvic Tensegrity Instability.

What is Pelvic Tensegrity?

“In 1992 and again in 1995 World Congress an Low Back and Pelvic Pain the focus seemed to be the sacroiliac joint, its mechanics and its role in generating pain. There are several references to joint injection as the `gold Standard’ for diagnosis and for treatment. This need to stress joint pathology is rooted in the Newtonian concepts that the skeleton and its joints are the frame upon which the soft tissue hang, and the concept that pathology is a function of anatomical disease or injury.
On the other hand, tensegrity stresses that the bones of the skeleton are but compression elements `floating’ in a highly structures, self generating, hierarchical, integrated tension network of soft tissues.’3.” The ligaments, muscles and fascia take an a whole new importance and joint mechanics becomes soft tissue mechanics. This is consistent with the clinical observations of Mennell,’3 who stressed the play movement of joints as a necessary dynamic function and Trave11` who focused an the imbalance of tension of the muscles and fascia as a source
of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. These works echoed the pioneering precepts of A.T. Still, Palmen and others who focused an the dynamic aspects of the musculoskeletal System rather than the anatomical pathology of the structures.” (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319016548_THE_TENSEGRITY_SYSTEM_AND_PELVIC_PAIN_SYNDROME)

Why? Client Compliance and lack of proper, effective at home self care!

What does this mean and how to improve on long term issues either with or after a SomaVeda® Thai Yoga program? Rome was not built in a day! As beneficial as a full seven day+ SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapeutic Day Protocol or program is, it is NOT Magic! Many chronic pain issues develop over many years and are further complicated with both traumatic history of accidents and injuries, accumulated over time. Complicated with malnutrition and toxicities, years of inactivity and resulting atrophy, energy imbalances and more. We do eventually want to address all of these as they impact the specific clients pain and well being moving them towards recovery. However, today I want to bring attention to what the clients can and does have to do on their own behalf!

Click Here for video of SomaVeda® Pelvic Tensegrity Imbalance corrective techniques!

What the client themselves does in support of their own progress towards either reduced pain or pain free living is vital. Even after a full program and any where from 9 to 12 contact hours hands on… this pales in comparison to the twenty four/ seven lifestyle of the client for ether good or ill.

All pain clients have a “Kapha Dosha” imbalance! No matter what their diagnosis, “Vikruti” or elemental imbalance or body type. How? Why? One of the key indicators of a “Kapha Dosha” imbalance is IGNORANCE.  Ignorance of how the client themselves created the origin of the pain, the injury, the atrophy, the chronic inflammation, the poor medical or therapeutic choices which may not only not helped but made the pain worse. This includes relegating responsibility for their healing and wellness to institutional and or corporate medico’s who simply proscribed various drugs, steroids, opiates etc. for “pain management”, but which in the long term did not prove helpful.

Yes, the clients need help, need therapeutic program and intervention. However, they also need guidance in self maintenance and home practices which will educate them in support of their personal compliance routines… Where the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapeutic Program ends , the clients self work and compliance with the therapist counseling and recommendations begins!

The SomaVeda® T.A.E.L.R. (SomaVeda® Tool Assisted Energy Line Release) protocol extends the hands on Chirothesia or manual therapeutic hands on healing ministry with the use of adjuncts therapies and “tools”. One of the most important tools is to educate the client into what they can control, contribute and effectively do at home for themselves as the partner in the therapy.

Consider: Chronic Low Back Pain, Chronic Hip Pain?

More than these? Consider:

  • Nagging joint pains in your legs, lower back or hips
  • Walking with discomfort
  • Hips locking up
  • Bad posture
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sluggishness in day to day life
  • High Anxiety
  • Digestive problems
  • Compromised Immune System
  • Circulatory issues
  • Loss of sexual performance
  • Lack of Explosiveness in the gym or sports

It’s not enough to know the clients needs to do their “home work” and self care, they need proper and sustained, detailed guidance on what to do and how to do it.

Your not going to be with them at home, so we need a home study program that targets the issue. You the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Certified Practitioner, Therapist, Minister or Physician do your amazing part. Refer your client (also yourself if your the one with the chronic pain!) to Critical Bench for an amazing program.

Please take a moment to read this important sponsored message from Critical Bench. 

Have you heard about Hip Flexors?

Hip Flexors are long muscles in the body and the only muscle that connects the upper body and lower body, also known as the psoas (pronounced so-az). (What are the Hip Flexors?) These muscles are unique in how they connect the torso and abdomen with the legs!

Your psoas…
…stabilize your trunk and spine during movement and sitting
…allow you to bend your hips and legs towards your chest
…support your internal organs
…is connected to your diaphragm which allows you to walk and breathe.
In other words, your psoas has a direct influence on your fight or flight response!

If the psoas get tight and weak, it can be a real pain but working certain muscles and doing the certain exercise combinations provide easy fixes. CLICK HERE for At Home Self Fix Program!

So… If you experience…
        low back pain
        hip pain
        stiffness
        pain while walking or moving
        trouble sleeping
        shortness of breath
You need to start undoing some of the damage done to your body and start helping the body to naturally heal itself.

Here are the best “At Home” self paced, strategies to Go from “Sore” to “Supple”.

DAK WUKAO – The King of SomaVeda® Hip Opening, Thai Yoga Therapy Asana

DAK WUKAO – The King of SomaVeda® Hip Opening, Thai Yoga Therapy Asana

by Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James

of the SomaVeda College of Ayurveda and Thai Yoga Center

In traditional Hatha Yoga parlance this posture is know commonly as the “Sleeping or Half Pigeon Pose or asana.

In the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga applications or clinical usage we add the “facilitated” as it would be very difficult to perform this yoga therapy posture on yourself. Yes, it is easy and possible to do the generic Hatha Yoga version by yourself, on yourself… using your own body position and body weight to create downward pressure on the pinned leg.

The SomaVeda® Thai Yoga based clinical application rotates the affected leg through four or more positions individually in sequence to progressively release obstruction in the hips. Each of the incremental position emphasis are designed to create a wave or progressive release of not only the hip but all connected joints, below and above the pelvis it’s self… i.e. from ankle, knee, pelvis (anterior and posterior), sacrum, S.I, and low back! Not only it the art of the positioning complex on behalf of the therapist, but there are further considerations of Energy, Attention, Consciousness, Breath and Pressure which the therapist co-facilitates as they guide the patient, receiver through the process of receiving! One example being the use of Prana Yama technique specifically appropriate to the release and desired outcome.

(Facilitated Ardis Eka Pada Rajakapotasana: Sleeping or Half Pigeon Pose: Four Positions)

Each of the four primary positions is meant to be only an ideal application and not precisely an outcome in and of it’s self. Each progressive positioning creates it’s own corrective stress and opportunity for either the release of obstructed Prana, Chi, Breath and or the energy coirculating through the Thai Sen Lines (Kalarthari, Ittha, Pingkala, Sahatsaransi, Thawai, Nantakrawat and Khitchanna) as well as the primary meridians of the lateral, medial and posterior leg… ( Gall Bladder, Bladder, Liver, Spleen and Kidney).

Additionally, The progressions of the four primary positions act as “Open the Wind Gate” or “open the Lom” technique for several Ayurveda Marma or “Thai Lom” of the ankle, lower leg, upper leg, hip and lower abdomen (Gulpha, Indrabasti, Janu, Vitapa & Basti).

This beautiful sequence based progressive rotation into the four positions also acts as a traction and decompression technique for the joints involved themselves as well as for the major tissue, muscle, connective tissue and fascia! It can be especially powerful in decompressing the knee and the hip facilitating fluid transfer, reduction of inflammation and exchange of vital energy and nutrients which may have become stagnant due to injury or atrophy from lack of use.

According to one source looking at it from a physical therapy lens “It intensifies the action innthe hamstrings of the front leg because of the deeper hip flexion and more compression over the front leg. At the same time, it dminishes the action in the back hip and spine. By adducting the front leg, the piriformis is brought into lengthening action”, {Kaminoff}.

In my opinion this then greatly reduces any direct impingement or pressure on the sciatic nerve reducing sensitivity and or “sciatica” type of pain.

DAK WUKAO (Facilitated Ardis Eka Pada Rajakapotasana: Sleeping or Half Pigeon Pose:Four Positions)

“Working the first position in Dak Wukao

Dak Wukao is a passive range-of-motion type of therapeutic hip opening posture (asana) working the hip, lower back, ankle, and knee. This posture is 180 degrees rotation of the classic Yoga

Therapy posture. Instead of the client facing down they are supine. Instead of the client’s body weight providing the pressure necessary for the release, the practitioner’s body weight emulates the floor!

Position: Move up close to the hip, positioning your body with knees spread in such a way as to frame the hip. Raise the client’s knee upright and have their shin parallel to the floor.

The first three positions are set up the same way, with only the active hand (Live Hand) moving or changing position. Additional emphasis is to direct the knee towards or slightly outside of the shoulder on the same side to avoid binding the lower abdomen.

Ajahn Dr. Anthony B. James Dak Wukao

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position 1. Wrist: The practitioner takes the bent leg of the client with the lower hand and places the wrist of the top hand tight behind the knee. He then leans forward bracing the shoulder against the outer knee of the client. Pressure is applied by simply leaning farther forward, pushing the bent leg downward toward the client’s chest. Hold the bottom most position 5 seconds, then slowly release by backing up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position 2. Middle Forearm: The practitioner takes the bent leg of the client with the lower hand and places the middle forearm of the top arm behind the knee. He then leans forward bracing the shoulder against the outer knee of the client. Pressure is applied by simply leaning farther forward, pushing the bent leg downward toward the client’s chest. Hold the bottom most position 5 seconds, then slowly release by backing up.

Position 3. Upper Forearm: The practitioner takes the bent leg of the client with the lower hand and places the upper forearm of the top arm behind the knee. He then leans forward bracing the shoulder against the outer knee of the client. Pressure is applied by simply leaning farther forward, pushing the bent leg downward toward the client’s chest. Hold the bottom most position 5 seconds, then slowly release by backing up.

Dak Wukao Straight Arm

Position Four. Straight Arm Press:

The last and final position is to remove (roll out) the top arm entirely from behind the knee, and with one hand holding the foot and one on the knee, with straight arms, press the leg as far toward the body as possible, by leaning forward, then release slowly.

Indications: Provides the external rotation and flexion that your hips need to remain agile; releases tension in your hips from sitting all day. Stretches the thighs, groin and Psoas muscles, abdomen, chest and shoulders, and neck, compresses and stimulates the abdomen, abdominal organs and the energetic structures of the Chakras, Sen Lines,Lom/ Marma from the feet to the core of the body.

Contraindications: Sacroiliac injury, Ankle injury, Knee injury, Tight pelvis, hips or thighs.

In traditional application we work the affected side asymetrically and emphasis the affected side (male or female) with whatever is the appropriate Dosha balancing emphasis of Vatta, Pitta or Kapha indicated. The means either faster,

repetitively, deeper, slower or even holding each position longer with counterpart Prana Yama emphasis.

Because of the powerful and specific energetic and core focus, the client will often experience emotional release and or the triggering of Old Unresolved Negative Emotional Issues “NEMO’s”. Now is a good time to manifest the hand of healing!

Add or emphasize this SomaVeda® Thai Yoga “King of Hip Opening” your Ayurveda and Marma Chikitsa / Traditional Thai Nuad Therapy toolkit!

The illustrations included in the article are from the book by Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B.James “ Ayurveda of Thailand, Indigenous Traditional Thai Medicine and Yoga Therapy” Meta Journal Press © 2017 All rights reserved.

Thai Yoga Rocking into Dak Kha

Thai Yoga Rocking into Dak Kha

By Anthony B. James DNM(P), ND(T), MD(AM), DPHC(h.c.), DOM, RAC, SMOKH Academic Dean SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine and Thai Yoga Center (SCNM).

Thai Yoga Rocking into Dak Kha

The Southern method Vinyasa (SomaVeda® Ayurvedic Thai Yoga: Level Two) offers the Thai Yoga practitioner a gold mine of breakouts and emphasis which can be accessed to bring relief and increase well being for an individual client. The Vinyasa (Yoga Therapy Flow) are divided up into five major attitudes such as the Supine Position, Side Lying Position, Prone Positio, Second Supine (Abdominal/ Leg Stretching) Position and Seated position.

Thai Yoga Rocking into Dak Kha (Inward Bent Knee/ Hurdlers Stretch) is a transition from the Sao Nong (Raised Bent Knee) into the Inward Bent Knee posture in the Supine position… The reason I want to bring attention to this transition is the Rocking position is what we call a Master Release position. My definition of a Master Release position is any position or Asana that when done by it’s self long enough will effect a full body release and other benefits.

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