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  • Writer's pictureEduardo Picasso

Transversus spinalis muscle: The “guardian” of balance


A muscle contracture has its logic, it is presented as a security system and is "necessary". It can only be treated by making it useless. The transversus spinosum is clearly the "guardian" of the play of the vertebral joints, the "guardian" of balance; its action is intermittent, rhythmic (not constant). It will have a "puff" or "burst" corrective action on the joint surfaces. It will act on the vertebral platform like the motors of the pillars of a drilling platform in the sea. Its action can only be of short duration, otherwise we would find ourselves in the logic of contracture, muscle, tendon, bone pain. Added to this is a vascularization deficit due to overwork (due to its constant contraction). It will stop any movement that damages the ligamentous system (to avoid pain). If this "guardian" is fatigued, or has not just been "awake", it will not control the sliding of joint surfaces, thus allowing the installation of a stretching of the capsule-ligament system. It is thus understandable that certain patients may experience spinal pain when bending over to brush their teeth in the morning. It may be that in this emergency contraction the muscle itself is the cause of joint disharmony. If the ligamentous system of the posterior joints "suffers", we will have a deep contraction of the transversus spinosum. When the movement of the vertebral articular surface has been important, rest will not suffice, the relationship of the articular surfaces will have to be normalized in order to give up the contracture.

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