This caught my eye, @CarolynA, For you or any well-versed body health people, can you explain muscle shut down to me? Is it triggered by stress? How does it get undone?
I ask because (1) I’m curious and (2) my PT lady last year said it’s as if my entire right side of my body shut down due to stress. I have piriformis issues on my right side and am still doing all of the relevant exercises and stretches. My rib cage tends to lock up during stress which makes it hard to breathe. My diaphragm was stuck in my ribs when I started PT last year. My sports medicine doctor told me that all of my problems with my right hip (and sometimes right knee due to the right hip) will be solved if I learn to “squeeze me buttcheeks”. He said it like 10 times during my visit. So how do I always squeeze my buttcheeks for stability yet keep my ribcage loose for proper breathing? All of this simultaneous contracting and relaxing is beyond me.