Rolling with a Ma Roller
by Terry Burns
In 1980 I purchased a "Ma-roller". It is a piece of cylindrical rock maple about 3 inches in diameter at the ends. It tapers toward the center from each end. In the middle are two 2 inch knobs with a groove between them into which the spine fits. I have used it to release muscles and trgger points for a long time. I'll have to try the foam.
I also learned to give myself deep-tissue massage. I made a lot of friends applying it to them. Even with the massage and the roller, I had trouble releasing some muscles. They were chronic--I could never get them to relax. I surmised that they had forgotten how they were supposed to function and were carrying reaction to the trauma long after the event. I compared them to the Japanese soldiers on isolated islands who did not know WWII ended until 20 years later. Perusing the net, I came across a site entitled Up C spine. It describes chiropractors who specialize in the cervical spine. One of the illustrations delineated my problem: I had short-leg syndrome caused by misalignment of the atlas to the skull. I found a practitioner within 30 miles of my residence. He made an adjustment using the 'Atlas Orthogonal' machine. It felt as if he had moved nothing. By the time I was driving away, my lower back and leg began to relax. More blood flow, etc. It was as though communication was re-established. I was hit by a car when I was 6. I appeared just to have scrapes and bruises, and one area in the hairline that needed a few sutures. I believe this is when the atlas was knocked out of alignment. The nerves may have been pinched, causing chronic contraction in my left side: neck, shoulder, back, leg muscles. Now I am having success with relaxing and stretching.
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