The Human Spring, A Logical Way to Look At the Way The Body Works?

The Human Spring
A unique approach to examining, treating, training and maintaining healthy mechanics
By Dr. James Stoxen DC
Chiropractic Economics Magazine
Issue #6 Apring 17, 2012

The Human Spring

An approach to examining, treating, training and maintaining healthy mechanics

There is a large gap beween what coaches recommend for elite-level athletes and what most doctors recommend.

for example: Many doctors will say that impacts are bad for you and that running is bad for your knees. They usually recommend cushioned shoes for such exercises.

Yet, when we want to develop the most injury-resistant body-a body that has quickness, speed, coordination and agility- we recommend plyometrics, which involve high-impact drills. So who is correct:

Misunderstanding human engineering

The current mechanical model being used for the study of biomechanics (the lever system) is not correct.

Assuming the human body ambulates, protects itself from impacts and recycles energy through a lever system is illogical and actually defies the laws of physics. A lever cannot protect an object from a lifetime minimum of 250,000,000 collisions with the earth. The body must be a spring mechanism.

Internal and External Forces and Conditions

The Spring Approach

Elastic deformity: 

When a spring mechanism is working correctly, it goes through what’s called elastic deformity upon impact.

The word “deformity” means a change in the shape of the human body. So when you walk or run, your spring mechanism deforms its physical shape just as when you press down on a spring. It loads and stores energy into the deformation process and releases the energy in returning back to its exact original shape.

Plastic deformity:

This occurs when your spring deforms its physical shape. It loads and stores energy into the deformation process, but does not return back to its exact original shape.

That means its shape is permanently deformed and the structure of the spring is not functioning the way it was designed. Therefore, it cannot store as much force on the loading or impact, and it cannot recycle as much energy.

This turns into a permanent deformity, which can also be a herniated disc , arthritis, a bunion, or some kind of abnormal shape of the foot. This keeps the body from functioning to absorb the impact like it did before and prevents it from recycling the energy through the spring mechanism as well as it should. This is an explanation for chronic pain and chronic fatigue and the overall loss of human performance as we age.

All human spring mechanisms age somewhat. However, permanent deformities of the human spring can cause more-rapid aging of the human body.

Another law of physics related to springs is Hooke’s law. Hooke’s law of elasticity is an approximation that states that the extension of a spring is in direct proportion with the load applied to it.

It implies that the deeper you depress a compression spring or the more you can extend an extension spring, the more energy it will recycle and the more protection it will provide.

This simple law explains why a chiropractic adjustment often provides instand relief, more natural energy and improvement in the performance of sports and leisure activities, It’s because it releases the human spring.

Obesity, sedentary lifestyle and even active exercise with improper footwear can cause weakness (or overload) in the spring suspension system, plastic deformity and an inability to effectively recycle energy through the body.

More importantly, a weakened spring system cannot protect the body from the impact forces of millions of landings. That’s why it’s important to evaluate every patient for this if they have a chronic pain condition anywhere in the weight-bearing joints, especially in the back.

If you have abnormal mechanics in the right foot, you have 1.8 million abnormal motions on that side and 1.8 million on the other. That means there will be double the amount in the back.

When examining a patient, ask yourself these questions:

  • Does the body spring off the ground or does it bang into the ground? Is it a springing landing?
  • Does the foot project with the second toe pointing towards the target?
  • Deos the heel, midfoot, or the forefoot strike first?
  • Does the foot stay in the safe range between supination and pronation?
  • Is there any twisting of the foot or lower limb on the toe off?

Next examine how the human spring mechanism reacts to increasingly greater forces of impacts, starting with simple standing to normal walking speeds, fast walking, jogging, running, and sprinting.

As the speed increases, the force of the impact is greater. Therefore, we are checking the integrity of the human spring support mechanism to be able to handle variable force landings.

The last thing to check is the endurance of the spring suspension system. How many impacts can it take before it fatigues and fails?

If might be beneficial to do a gait evaluation on every patient and an extensive (five-to-20-hour) deep-tissue massage on the patient’s feet and lower extremities to release the spring mechanism.

According to Hooke’s law, you can safely load greater impact forces into the body without plastic deformity.

Ask yourself this:

Does the lever model of the human body obey the laws of nature, physics and common sense, and better apply to  the way the body interacts with the earth and gravity? If it doesn’t , then examination, treatment, training and preventive approaches should be reevaluated with the human spring model as the new metaphor.

Top athletes, coaches, and sports scientists are already training the body as a human spring. It’s about time the healthcare industry began to examine, treat and rehabilitate it like a human spring, too.


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  • Crowterry

    Am I reading it right? Does it say 5 to 20 hour massage?

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for your commenting with your question. I hope I can clarify:
      Yes it says 15 – 20 hours of bodywork. When the body is working right its spring suspension system bounces the mass off the ground with impacts
      With the excess weight, poorly designed shoes, footwear binding the spring mechanism, sedentary lifestyle or even a lifestyle with exercise that does not address the muscles that suspend the mass over this spring mechanism, the body drops and locks and the entire body is in a spasm that most aren’t aware even exists including almost ALL physicians. That is what it takes to restore the spring mechanism so the body will bounce off the ground instead of bang into the ground.
      That is what I do with my vip clients who fly in for these pain exorcisms. Some take longer.
      Feel free to ask any other questions.

  • Resty Cooper

    5-20 hours?
    Is it a good one to have only below that numbers? My friend refer a affordable chiropractic somewhere in TX. It was something like a massage but since i have back pains, she refer me to that one. It’s twice a week only but it was only about 3-4 hours? Is that OKAY?

    • just getting 3 to 4 hours of deep tissue work on your body doesn’t really do much for you unless you are getting specific therapeutic application of deep tissue work in the exact patterns of muscles that are contracting to compress the human spring mechanism. the purpose of the release of the human spring is to release the muscle spasms and joint play restrictions that are not allowing the force of the impacts of simple walking and running or other sports to be loaded into the spring mechanism safely.

      when I do a date evaluation I’m looking for the pattern of movement of each patient’s gait or walking pattern. Over the years I have found out that the body misalignments for locks in a specific pattern according to the weakness of the body and what kind of footwear they use, there overall stress levels, the sports they do it and war leisure activities. These can all be determined by watching the pattern of gate.

      Then what I do is I lay the patient down and go through their body meticulously muscle by muscle looking for the patterns of muscle spasms that developed from the abnormal patterns of the body as its walking for taking up these impacts.

      If you go through your body you can find these areas of joint compression for spring compressor forces with your own hands by direct pressure on the muscles to find the muscles that are painful. Muscles that are not happy with our stiff and tender.

      So if you start a defeat and follow the recommendations in the book, how I got my wiggle back, you’ll find those exact muscles. Then what you can do is you can apply direct pressure to these muscles as we recommended in the book to release the spasms to allow the force of the impact to be loaded into the spring mechanism as deep as possible.

      When I treat patients that are here from out of town, such as the entertainers and other VIP clients, what I do is set up at treatment at 9 AM or earlier, start with the exam and then the patient receives continuous deep tissue work through this pattern of spasm and pain that is restricting the loading of the spring mechanism continuously for hours and hours until we have released the spring mechanism completely.

      Two Herniated Discs with Annular Tears
      Some patients are treated 10 hours per day amounting to 20 hours or more in the weekend, I have treated patients for three hours a night for 3 to 4 weeks to release the full spring mechanism of the lower half of the body to save them from surgery that was addressing to herniated discs that have annular tears with the contents of the this material screwed into the spinal canal. Most doctors would offer aid on this case and many chiropractors would recommend surgery as the only way to handle this case however the patient did not want surgery and the patient was willing to go through the hours of effort to see what the outcome could be with this approach. I’m proud to say that this patient in fact recovered

      Patient Scheduled for Knee Replacement Surgery
      a particular patient was scheduled to have both knees replaced as a result of degenerative joint disease in the knees. After reviewing his MRI scans and x-rays I noted that there was a millimeter left of the joint space. I reviewed that with the patient who was 69 years old at the time and told him that if we try this treatment approach maybe we can save what’s left of your joint space in your knee and by restoring the spring mechanism by releasing the compressive forces on the joints through read leasing the muscle spasms from the feet to the head of the body we might be able to even add a little bit of spring protection to the joins and specifically the knee.

      The patient was here for 10 to 12 hours Saturday and 10 to 12 hours Sunday. after these 20 to 24 hours of deep tissue work releasing the muscle spasms that were causing the compressor forces on his ankles knees hips and back, the patient had noted some significant relief and decided to call the physicians at the hospital to cancel his knee replacement surgery.

      I’m happy to say that after nine months the patient has still maintained a desire to maintain the conservative treatment approach that he has found relief and he is actually doing a lot of the hands-on treatments that I taught him here at the office as he does not have access to the center, he lives in Manhattan. Certainly I’m not claiming that all patients who have knee replacement surgery required will recover from this approach however this particular case was one where we fell we could help the men avoid this unnecessary knee replacement surgery and be able to get back into is normal daily activities of living without pain. After two more visits to Chicago he had sent me an e-mail saying that he had gone biking with his wife in Sun Valley Idaho for 25 miles pain-free and was quite pleased.

      What you’ll find is it’s going to be very difficult for you to locate a practitioner whether it be massage therapist, chiropractor, healthcare practitioner to stand over you for hours and hours to do all this deep tissue of the human body to release her human spring mechanism. So that’s why I recommend that you learn the tech geeks that we teach in the book and follow the blog post here at this blog and learn for yourself. You can do the treatments while sitting at home watching TV and in fact I even do the treatments while I’m reading research papers, the newspaper and or a book that is required for a lecture that I’m doing in the future.

      thank you for your comments and questions and please feel free to comment on more blog posts as I really enjoy hearing what you have to say and helping you if I can. 🙂

      Dr Stoxen

  • John

    I think that much care of your body is possible. If you think of regular/mandatory movement your body does, you’d be surprised by how much work you get out of your body. Add in a great deal of cardio a few times per week and you are set.

    • Hi John

      In the book, how I got my wiggle back, I outlined the exact approach of how to release, strengthened your human spring mechanism through resistance exercises and through impact drills and/or plyometric exercises.

      If your body is designed as a lever system, pushing and pulling your body through space then simple cardio such as cycling or stair master these simple cardio exercises might be all you need to maintain healthy engineering of your lever mechanism.

      However as we know the human body collides with the earth 10,000 times per day, adding up to 3.6 million times per year which is equivalent to over 100 million collisions with the ground in the first 30 years of your life. So, we have to account for the fact that we have to be able to attenuate these collisions with some form of spring mechanism rather than a lever system to bounce our bodies off the ground to protect our bodies from these millions of impacts. Not only that but we need to have a health maintenance supplementary exercise program to maintain this human spring mechanism for our lifetime.

      The consequences of going from 80 human spring mechanism which allows us to bounce our on-demand software ground and recycle energy through the spring mechanism versus paying and twist our body into the ground and emulate with a body that is required to use lever systems to push the body from point a to point B. less efficiently is what I call chronic pain and chronic fatigue syndrome. Maintaining a lever system that is required to push the bodyweight across the ground for 270,000,000 collisions in a lifetime means constant repairing a damaged lever systems as lever system is asked to perform a task that it’s physically impossible by the laws of engineering and physics.

      so, if you understand your body as a human spring mechanism, the owner’s manual has different instructions for this spring mechanism to maintain it for 75 years or 270 million impacts or collisions with the ground than a lever system. Just think of an owner’s manual for a pogo stick versus the owner’s manual for printing press. It’s obvious that the mechanic out each has different tuneups or maintenance issues to contend with these different moving parts as their engineered differently.

      so what is required to maintain a healthy human spring mechanism are three things:

      1. the spring mechanism cannot have compressive forces on the mechanism. All floors of the human spring mechanism must be released to allow the force of the impact be loaded into the spring mechanism to its maximum that are loading capacity. What that means is that you as the owner of a spring mechanism must start from the floor or the feet, and work through the entire mechanism floor by floor with your hands to release every single tense muscle that may be restricting the loading of the impact forces within the mechanism. Following hoax law of physics the deeper the spring mechanism can load the force of the impact the more energy it will return back to the motion or the task. Therefore, if the spring mechanism is fully released then it has the capacity to recycle more energy which makes the spring mechanism more efficient and they can also take up higher force impacts as long as the strength of the spring suspension system is capable

      2. That brings me to the second requirement to maintain a human spring mechanism. This requirement is that the fully released human spring mechanism has a spring suspension system that is capable of withstanding the impacts that the owner of the spring mechanism wants to put it through. If you have trained to have your spring mechanism strong enough to withstand the impacts of walking which is 1.25 times the bodyweight, but then you decide you want to try running which is 3 to 4 times the body weight, force of impacts, then there is an imbalance between what the spring suspension system can handle and what the spring suspension system is required to do to complete this task.

      when we exercise we use lever systems to build muscles. Simple lever systems such as pearls with the arms or leg extensions and leg curls are lover grants that help build muscles around joints or floors of the spring mechanism. When we evaluate the wave of bodies engineered we see that there are spring suspension system muscles which are the landing muscles to assist in absorbing the impacts loading the energy into the spring mechanism and releasing energy upon toe off during walking or running. These muscles don’t get exercised because the the joints they move are bound in rubber or leather binding device called a shoe. this is what we do to the 33 joints of our feet every day we stripping their movements and alas these muscles have strategic attachments on these joints so full expression of the muscle contraction cannot be made causing them to weaken over time.

      So what we recommended and Anthony Field’s book, how I got my wiggle back, is to remove the footwear and to attach exercise cost to the feet to exercise the bare feet in inversion, eversion, abduction, adduction, plater and dorsiflexion as well as the combination movements of supination and pronation. with the locally mechanism attached to the cable one can increase weight and have incremental adaptation of these muscles to make these lending muscle stronger. Would the bare feet weekend developed muscles and allow them to pull against joints that are not restricted by binding devices such as shoes.

      3. the third most important approach to maintaining the human spring mechanism is to introduce impacts of varying degrees of forces into the spring mechanism. The more force that is added into the spring mechanism the deeper the spring roll load the force so the spring mechanism as I mentioned before must be completely released before each training session to ensure the spring mechanism can take up these maximal forces. Each individual has a different capacity to load forces into the human spring. Certainly an energetic housewife would like to run as fast as Usain Bolt. However, Usain Bolt, was not able to load these massive impact forces into his body as a child either. This came from adding progressively greater forces of impacts into his human spring mechanism through well-planned plyometric drills and exercises.

      the easiest way for me to explain this is to explain the engineering and physics of the forces that the body is subjected to by Newtons law:

      Force (impact force that) = Mass (body weight) x Acceleration (speed of movement)

      Walking = 1.25 x bodyweight force
      Running = 3-4 x bodyweight force
      Plyometrics = 3-10 x bodyweight force

      so, when one is beginning to add spring forces into the body, one should begin with simple walking in directions other than straight such as zigzag walking, circle walking, side to side shuffle walking etc to ensure that all muscles of the human Springs specifically the foot and ankle are developed in all directions as the spring mechanism is a three-dimensional mechanism.

      Training should be supplementing what we don’t did as far as exercise to maintain and if desired increase strength of our human spring mechanism. One can’t just that say bad if you do cardio you are going to be okay when the spring mechanism has a very specific engineering which must go through positive edit page and on a daily basis to maintain its functionality in our later years.

      As we age, our mass doesn’t change much unless we gain weight from a lack of exercise or overeating. However, science has proven that the muscles atrophy through Sarco piña, the tendons and ligaments is different, the bones increase in density at 1% per year. Certainly anti aging therapies can slow the process down however aging is inevitable.

      Yet as physicians, we at least explained to the patient or the athlete that this is what is required to maintain a healthy human spring mechanism, they can make the choice whether they want to go through the supplemental training exercises and release maintenance treatments to keep the human spring is healthiest timidly possible.

      I just get tired of hearing from physicians, that impacts are bad for the body when this is absolutely not true. If we have a locked or weak human spring mechanism that is incapable of handling the impacts, then impacts are bad for us. if we maintain the human spring mechanism we can run for a lifetime. This is an option that should be a lease explain to the patient to give them if option as to whether they want to put in the time to maintain human spring mechanism is close to perfect as humanly possible.

      Thank you for commenting on the blog. I hope to be able to interact more with you in the future!

      Dr Stoxen


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