Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Published on Locomotor system, Nervous system.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly progressive neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscles (muscles of the Locomotor System). It is considered a motor neuron disease that causes gradual degeneration and death of motor neurons.

These motor neurons are nerve cells located in the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord. They control the muscles of the locomotor system. In ALS, both the upper motor neurons and the lower motor neurons degenerate or die, and stop sending messages to muscles. Unable to function, the muscles gradually weaken, waste away (atrophy). Eventually, the ability of the brain to start and control voluntary movement may be lost.

It affects the locomotor system. It is precisely in the locomotor system that we find many contradictions, structural problems, issues related to the ability to stand on your feet.

Problems regarding relationships with the world are located here.

Feelings such as individuality, self-esteem and undervaluation are at stake.

What do I think of myself and what is my role in the world? Where are my assertiveness and my stability? What part of my conscience is in the dark, regarding my relationship with the world? We are talking of conflicts of a personal nature.

Here we are facing a huge feeling of undervaluing. This is the first key-word. The second key-word concerns opposite feelings or opposite ideas.

The person imposes on himself two contradictory orders regarding movement. The person has wishes that contradict each another.

These two contradictory ideas that provoke tension may occur if, for example, the person wished to do something badly, did it and then regretted having done it. I pushed someone off the cliff, she was badly hurt as a result and I felt very guilty about it, unable to forgive myself. In this case, the muscles are affected.

It is paramount to understand what happened between this person and his/her biological Father, or the male model. Was he too demanding? Did the person feel a great pressure to match his/her father’s wishes or orders? Did he/she feel undervalued?


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