What is Unwinding?
Dr. Jesse Jutkowitz’s Explanation of Symptom Changes During Treatment
At the starting point as a patient, you have all your symptoms and physical restrictions from being injured. After treatment starts, your body begins to improve by unlocking in a direction away from the major mechanical problem. As your body mechanics improve and your body can better handle holding itself up, you progress until you reach point A. (Look at graph.) At point A your body function (ability to move and do things) is improved and your symptoms are greatly decreased. BUT, at point A your body has reached a point where it has improved so much it cannot improve further without unlocking another of the major underlying injuries and mechanical stuck points that has your body stuck in the position that you are stuck in. (Many people are thrilled at this point but it is no where near good or even okay.)
To do that your body has to move into the position in which that injury was received and then get adjusted from that position to unlock the mechanical portion of the injury. Then, after the mechanical portion of the injury at that point is unlocked the body can heal the soft tissues in that area and go on to the next place you have injured unlock the mechanical portion of that injury and so on. Here is the way it works:
Until reaching point A your body has been unwinding and unlocking mechanical problems in the direction opposite the major mechanical problem. When your body moves opposite the major biomechanical problem pressure is taken off the injury sites and off the spinal cord-brainstem. As a result your body function (ability to move and perform its normal internal tasks) improves and your pain and stiffness is reduced because of the reduction in pressure. That unlocks and heals – to unlock the next point in the sequence your body must now change directions and go in the direction of the major mechanical problem if it is going to improve further.
When that change of direction occurs there is an increase in the mechanical pressure on the body and the spinal cord-brainstem. You feel this increased pressure and it bothers you. You have begun to feel lousy again and are a bit distressed because you do not know why.
It is not that you will hurt much when unwinding (unlocking) an injury that leans toward the direction of a major biomechanical problem, you won’t. It is the feeling from the increased pressure on your body and on the spinal cord-brainstem that can make you feel anxious, possibly depressed a bit, because you know the pressure is there and you think you might be getting worse again. You are not getting worse in the sense that, “Oh my God, I’m never going to get better.” You are getting a tiny bit worse in the sense that your body is under pressure as you unlock the next big problem, which has been holding you down for a long time. However, after the problem is unlocked your body is then free to improve to even greater levels. Literally what you are doing is going backwards through each injury process to unlock and heal each of the points at which you were injured.
That means that after you finally get to point B and unlock the major injury at that point, you improve immediately and move toward point C. During this climb and until you reach point C your body again stops bothering you and you feel great living life with little or no pain as your body begins to function even better than it did when it was at point A.
Before I go on I want you to notice something. Many patients moving on that small downslope from point A to point B tell their doctors that they feel worse than when they first came in to the office. It isn’t true but it certainly feels like it. Why? Well, people feel things in relation to what experience occurred just prior to the current experience. If you put your right hand in a bucket of very hot water and your left hand in a bucket of ice water for five minutes, then take them out and put both of them in the same bucket of room temperature water, the right hand (that was in the hot water) would feel the water in the new bucket was cold and the left hand (was in the ice water) would feel that water was hot. This would be so even though they are both your hands and both in the same bucket of room temperature water. It is because the feelings are relative to where each hand had just been.
It is the same with your body as you get well. When you are at point B you are still better than you were at the starting point. You can still walk and move better. Many of you have gone back to work and can still perform without having to take time off. However, you most certainly do not feel as good as you felt back at point A. Why not stay at point A? Well, at point A you had reached a point where you couldn’t get any better until you unlocked the thing at point B. Not having your doctor lead your body through this process is the reason most people never fully recover from their injuries and always have some nagging little thing. Just like you must take all the antibiotics in the bottle to make sure the bacteria are all killed and you do not get sick again, you must keep getting treated until your body unwinds and unlocks the major injuries and gets back to a truly healthy condition.
This same process happens at each point the body has a major mechanical injury to unlock. That is why the graph has points C, D, E, F, G, and H. Each time your body goes to unlock one of these biggies you will seem to be going a bit backwards. Notice that if we test your body’s ability to function; how far you can move; how much weight you can lift; etc. at the worst point of any down slope while unwinding into a major mechanical problem, you will notice you are always be able to function better than you could at the best point your body reached when you were feeling your best before the last time you started to unlock a major biomechanical problem. You might be feeling lousy and it might not feel like you are still functioning better but if you measure your body’s abilities you will find it so.
This is so especially at the beginning after you are feeling better from the initial treatments. When your body changes directions it might feel really lousy and scare you, that is why I wrote this note. Later it won’t scare you as much because you have been through the process once and you know you will come out of it. That does not mean you will like it but you will at least understand it. Eventually, when your body changes directions to unlock a major injury it may just feel like a bit of a pull or a cold. It is not. Your body is still in the process of unwinding the next big problem. The reason you feel it less is by that time your body is so much better and can handle the increase in the increased mechanical pressure without hurting much.
A very important point to remember is that if you do not go through the process of unwinding the major mechanical problems, even though it may feel lousy, you will never get better than point A. As good as that may feel when you get there, it is a point at which you still have and are still compensating for the major mechanical injuries present in your body. Though you feel good, you are an accident waiting to happen when your body is put under the stress of playing sports or other sudden jolts.
I hope this has explained unwinding in a way understandable for you all. Advanced BioStructural Correction™ does work in every case, but you must unwind.