Adrenal Fatique


Dr. Goodheart identified five skeletal muscles which can indicate adrenal function.

These are
1) sartorius,
2) gracilis,
3) posterior tibialis,
4) gastrocnemius, and
5) soleus.

When the adrenal glands are malfunctioning, there will be weakness in one or more of these muscles.

  • The sartorius and gracilis attach on the pelvis. Weakness in these muscles can cause the sacro-iliac joint to subluxate posteriorally (toward the back) leading to low back pain.
  • In persons with adrenal fatigue, low back pain is frequently caused by instability of the pelvis rather than an actual back problem. These same two muscles also attach to the knee and help provide support. Weakness will cause knee pain, weakness and instability of the joint. Any person with knee problems should be checked for adrenal fatigue.
  • The other 3 muscles mentioned stabilize the feet and ankles. Weakness of any of these muscles leads to complaints of tired, aching feet, weak ankles or aching calves.
  • The symptoms related to the muscle weakness will improve when the adrenal glands are treated.

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Inguinal hernia is a sign of adrenal fatigue

Do you know what or where your inguinal ligament is? The inguinal ligament runs from the lateral edge of the Anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS) to the pubic bone. This ligament supports the region around the groin between the abdomen and the thigh, also preventing an inguinal hernia or a protrusion of part of the intestine into the muscle of the groin.

The adrenal glands respond when we are under stress. When over stimulated the glands become exhausted and when adrenal fatigue sets in there are direct consequences to the musculo-skeletal system. For starters, the nerve supply in the adrenals are affected. Nerves are two way streets, they are effected at the spinal level of origin, but also peripherally at their destination….

Another effect from exhausted adrenal’s is ligament weakness. Ligaments hold joints together.
  • When we put a demand on a joint the body responds by getting stronger to resist that demand.
  • When somebody has an adrenal issue, there is an opposite effect.
There will be weakening of the joint when the joint is challenged. This is a major reason why people injure themselves when they’re under stress.
The direct connection to the low back from stress is that the sartorius imbalance in the front of the thigh has an impact on the sacroiliac joint integrity on the posterior side of the pelvis.
  • When the sacroiliac joint is affected either by the sartorius or a weak ligament, there can be pain directly at the joint site. Or the lower lumbar vertebra may be the source of discomfort since standing position may be altered.
  • And, the gluteus maximus muscle in both the sacroiliac side will be weakened.
  • Muscles that attach to or cross an involved joint will be affected as well. We are all linked together, there is no dissecting one muscle. They all work together to give us stability and mobility. That’s why a muscle that attaches to or crosses an involved joint will be affected as well.

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