Chiropractic + Naturopathic Doctor

Addressing the Functional Trauma Cycle

By Allan Gary Oolo Austin DC   

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Trigenics® aims to prevent injuries and improve performance.

28Without question, injuries are a principal cause of elite athletes failing to attain their goals. Debilitating damage to muscles or tendons is usually the main culprit.

In Trigenics®, we use the following injury development formula: neurokinetic control imbalance + intense muscular load (training) = injury, damage, and competitive loss.


The root problem, from a Trigenics perspective, lies in undetected and uncorrected sensorimotor deregulation and motor control imbalance.

Motor dysfunction due to neurokinetic chain imbalance is often not initially noticed. The body’s compensatory process, which plays out during heavy training, leads to excessive strain and traumatic damage to the imbalanced, heavily loaded, and weakened muscle groups within the functional neurokinetic chain.

Trauma causes pain and protective spasm. These, in turn, result in altered length-tension and force-coupling relationships in addition to aberrant joint arthrokinematics, which, in turn, lead to sensorimotor dysfunction, impaired motor control, weakened and unbalanced movement/recruitment patterns, and so on. We refer to this as the functional trauma cycle.

Trigenics applied functional neurology® aims to intercept the trauma cycle early on in order to prevent further functional impairment as well as to optimize neuromotor control. Viewed as a sensorimotor restoration system, Trigenics incorporates applied functional neurology to reroute and reorganize efferent motor control, integrating neurological convergence projection and amplitude summation from both segmental (PNS) and suprasegmental (CNS) pathways.

Some have referred to Trigenics to as “the missing element” in manual sports medicine. Strictly using osseous manipulation to treat interosseous dyskinesia, and not correcting aberrant neurologic input (dysafferentation) to the muscular holding elements, can otherwise lead to chronic, recurring dyskinesia and aberrant arthrokinetics. Treating musculoskeletal conditions without addressing aberrant neural innervation and compensatory tone and motor imbalances (short/weak muscles), can result in incomplete strength rehabilitation and functional restoration. 

It has been found clinically that Trigenics myoneural procedures, applied at regular intervals of about once per week during training, reduce or almost completely eliminate injuries in the properly training elite athlete through maintenance of functional sensorimotor balance. Members of the Estonian cross-country ski team were provided with Trigenics neurokinetic assessment and treatment procedures for 18 months prior to the Turin Winter Olympics in which they earned three gold medals. According to their physiotherapist, Lauri Rannama, also a registered Trigenics practitioner, the team suffered “no debilitating overuse or strain injuries for the first time in history” during the period of care preceding the Olympic Games.

Speed is a sensorimotor skill that can be improved upon using applied functional neurology methodologies in muscle-specific treatments. Strengthening and lengthening procedures applied to the athlete in the proper sequence create an optimum force-production balance within the functional neurokinetic chain. This can be sport-specific and especially beneficial immediately prior to performance
Much has been discovered in recent years related to the imbalance mechanisms of aberrant muscular function (Janda, Lewit, Liebenson, etc.) Use of Trigenics applied functional neurology provides an advanced neurologically based assessment and treatment system that should be considered for the prevention and rapid repair of injuries as well as augmentation of athletic performance.•

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