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In many of my sports blogs on the Curing Chronic Pain website, I talk about your joints being in ‘anatomical neutral position‘. But what exactly is an ‘anatomical neutral position‘ and why is it so important that your joints are in it?
Anatomical neutral position is simply the correct alignment of your joints. To be correctly aligned, the surfaces of the two bones (that form a joint) must be parallel to one another. This creates a uniform joint space. When the bones are parallel and the joint space is uniform, the joint is said to be in its anatomical neutral position. (See photo below)
Every joint in your body has an anatomical neutral position and every joint is constructed to function symmetrically (the same degree in all directions) around its anatomical neutral position.
Joints that function around their anatomical neutral position result in even wear patterns within the cartilaginous caps (the bone cartilage which is lining the joint surfaces). The joints last longer and develop little or no inflammatory arthritic changes (assuming no trauma to a joint has occurred). This will result in the greatest power and range of motion with the least amount of energy required to move that joint.
When your joint functions around its anatomical neutral position, the muscles used to move that joint automatically function around their physiological neutral position (where the muscle is neither contracted nor stretched). This means that your muscles have more strength, endurance and are less prone to overuse injuries.
Because your joints and muscles are functioning as they are meant to, you will have good posture. Good posture means you most likely will be free from chronic muscle and joint pain. A joint is not in its anatomical neutral position when the two bones of the joint are not parallel to each other. This creates an uneven joint space.
Joints that do not function around their anatomical neutral position rotate asymmetrically (more in one direction than the opposing direction) which results in uneven wear patterns within the cartilaginous caps. This results in loss of power, decreased range of motion and a greater amount of energy to move that joint. The joints develop inflammatory changes (arthritis) fairly early in life, frequently requiring joint replacement surgery to restore function to the impaired joint.
When your joint does not function around its anatomical neutral position, the muscles used to move that joint become overly contracted or stretched. They will be weaker, have less endurance and will be more prone to overuse injuries.
The Anatomical Neutral Position Of Your Joints Starts In Your Feet
The anatomical neutral position of your joints starts in your feet, specifically, the subtalar joint (the joint directly underneath your ankle joint). This joint is the most distal (lowest) weight bearing joint in your body and acts as the basement of your weight bearing skeletal framework above it. If your subtalar joint functions around its anatomical neutral position, then automatically every other weight bearing joint above it (from ankle to jaw) does the same.
But, if you have an abnormal foot structure, such as the Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, your subtalar joint (for reasons not discussed in this blog) does not function symmetrically around its anatomical neutral position and so automatically every other weight bearing joint above it is also misaligned. Like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, when the foundation leans, the whole building leans. In your body, this means your posture will be distorted, your muscles will have less strength and endurance, you will be prone to overuse injuries and you will most likely live in chronic pain.
The anatomical neutral position of your joints plays a major role in preventing chronic pain. I hope this blog helps you to better understand how it all fits together.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures I discovered that can hinder you from achieving your full potential in sports performance and help you to determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with Professor/Dr. Rothbart might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read:
Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT