If you have a vertebra that slips out of position to the left your body has muscles on the right side that can pull the vertebra to the right repositioning it. Likewise, if a vertebra slips to the right your body has muscles on the left that can pull it left, back into its correct position.
Pictures of back and muscles.
If a vertebra slips backward, you have muscles that attach to the vertebra and something in front of it (the front of the pelvis and the front of the rib cage) so they can pull the vertebra forward and reposition it.
Pic of muscles psoas and diaphragm with instructions on experiment with breathing in.
However, if a vertebra slips out of place in the forward direction there are no muscles attaching to the vertebra and something stable behind the vertebra.
Lateral pic of body demonstrating this
That means the body cannot pull the vertebra in the backward direction. Therefore a vertebra slipping forward is about the only direction of misalignment the body cannot self-correct and reposition without help.
As stated above, many people have difficulty with this concept because they have the idea that the body can totally self-correct or self-heal anything. That the body cannot self-correct or self-heal everything is obviously true or people would live forever.
That the body cannot self-correct everything is true to the point where you can say that the only problem(s) in body structure is/are when something goes out of position in a direction that the body has no muscles to counter [pull opposite]. Therefore the body when a bone moves out of position in a direction the body cannot self-correct it has to move something else out of position to compensate for it. But, the compensation can now become a bone the body cannot or will not realign (even though it has muscles to so) because it needs the compensation.
If that compensation misalignment causes the body enough problems, the body might need to compensate for the compensation. That misaligns yet another bone for which the body might need a compensation and so on and on until you get where your body cannot function. (Most times a body hits a point of stability where it cannot function normally but it can at least stay stable and do enough functioning to get by. That is your person who is obviously not "right" but never seems to get much worse until something happens that is big enough to really throw him off and then he goes downhill fast.)
HOW THINGS GO WRONG IN BODIES
Though the meninges normally stretch and pull when you bend forward or sideways, when a bone or bones are out of their proper position there is an increase in the pull of the meninges that is abnormal. The direction of the increased pull is also abnormal. (Since the bones are misaligned, the orientation of the meninges will be misaligned which changes the direction of the pull). This abnormal direction and amount of pull causes even more misalignments of the bones to compensate for the out of position bones; for the change in direction of the pull of the meninges and for change in the amount of pull of the meninges which puts abnormal pressures on different areas. As the bones misalign and take everything else with them, the muscles are also pulled on differently and the effect the muscles have on pulling and moving the bones is different.
If you had normally used a certain muscle to move in a certain way and now have to do it differently or cannot do that motion at all, that is why.
Though they are keeping the body upright by compensating the abnormal weight bearing caused by the original misalignments; the misalignments created to compensate the original bone out of position also cause many difficulties for your body .
One thing to note about the compensations is that they disappear if you can release the meninges and correct the position of the originally misaligned bones. Because the compensations are no longer needed the body self-corrects them and will then stay correctly aligned.
That is one of the reasons Advanced BioStructural Correction™ is an advance. We have determined how to effectively release the meninges and how to find the misalignments that the body needs corrected and how to correct only them versus moving the misalignment that are occurring as compensations.
This is no small thing. If you change the alignment of bones that are out of position to compensate for something else, you are taking away the compensations. That makes the body less able to handle itself (because of the original misalignments and less ability to compensate). The body gets worse mechanically and the effects can further reduce the body’s ability to compensate in other ways. (This is when the person starts going downhill fast.)
The change in pattern you force by removing compensations might have a person feeling better at the point they were having difficulty or feeling pain, but will also cause them to compensate elsewhere and create other problems you might not normally associate with misaligned structure -- digestive problems, breathing problems and more.
That brings us to the next very important point: Why do you feel pain where you feel pain?