- limited range of motion
- muscle tightness, pain or dysfunction
- low-back syndrome
- hip pain
- plantar fasciitis
- carpal tunnel
What Causes Sensory Motor Amnesia?
Based in the nervous system, SMA develops from a person’s response to stress and trauma, creating a newly learned adaptive response that is repeated over time. People who have SMA hold some muscles contracted all the time, essentially developing patterns to one or more stress responses.
These repeated forces or habits become a traumatic insult to your nervous system, directly impacting your body, posture, muscles and skeletal structure. The contractions are so deeply involuntary and unconscious that a person who has SMA no longer remembers how to move about freely. SMA can occur from childhood onward or at any age. If you have any soreness, muscle fatigue or think you're declining from aging, chances are you have areas affected by these blind spots.
Common causes of Sensory Motor Amnesia include:
- Long-term sustained stress
- Specific sudden trauma, such as automobile accident, fall, injury or surgery
- Habituated movement patterns such as daily computer use with poor posture and other habits including activity/sport repeated over and over
How to Correct Sensory Motor Amnesia
SMA is a learned, adaptive response of the nervous system. Because it is learned, it can be unlearned. SMA requires re-education of the sensory-motor system. Traditional medical interventions and treatments are not effective for getting to the root causes of Sensory Motor Amnesia.
No amount of stretching can undo tight muscles—you have to change patterns originating from the nervous system (i.e., the brain and spinal cord). Sensory Motor Amnesia can only be relieved by one method: Re-educating the brain’s voluntary sensory motor cortex. This process helps control muscles that are constantly in a state of contraction and allows for full muscle relaxation or release. This is the focus of Clinical Somatic Education.
Re-education occurs through inner awareness, proprioception (i.e., the ability to sense the position, orientation and movement of the body and its parts), and a combination of somatic “first person” awareness (also called interoception) and “third person” support (i.e., guidance from a Clinical Somatic Educator).