What is instability?
According to UPMC, instability happens when tissues such as muscles, ligaments, and bones weaken. Once they have become weak, they no longer hold the bones of the joint in the proper place. Therefore joint misalignments can happen. Joints are supposed to be mobile but too much range of motion within a joint isn’t good either and when there is an excessive range of motion in a joint we call it instability. Traditionally, it is believed that stability is active and passive. Active stability is provided by the muscles and static stability by the ligaments. While all this is definitely true, muscles and ligaments aren’t the only ones responsible for stability. The stability of the body is provided by the strains of fascia that attach to bones, muscles, ligaments, and other structures. All these structures work together as a system and provide global stability to the body.
Full body instability and the fascia
Instability can happen to any joint in the body, from head to spine, knees, hips, shoulder, and ankle. It can happen due to an accident, improper repetitive movements, or too much inactivity which leads to weakness of the muscles. However, I have seen this happening more and more lately and that is full-body instability. This happens when the body has become so weak that it becomes incapable to carry its own weight anymore. Sufferers may present with head instability, spine instability, TMJ dysfunction, hip and knee instability, and ankle instability. All of these things can lead to a myriad of symptoms from chronic fatigue to extreme muscle weakness and chronic inflammation. This condition is often associated with lots of neurologic symptoms too. Most doctors still do not know how to diagnose it. For this reason, a long time may pass by until people receive the right diagnosis.
Full body instability is caused by a fascia system that has become completely compromised. It takes a long time to fix and my guess is that it will continue to grow in the next years. We have created a world in which never before were people required to move so little. It will soon start to show in the levels of instability that people experience.