Mel Collie

Assessing Movement. Not Muscles.


Mel Collie | Feet and Knees

Mel Collie | Feet and Knees


Posted on Sep 26, 2016

Mel Collie | Feet and Knees Feet and knees – very important joints in your body, yet two that are neglected until they are painful. The feet have 33 joints in each, thats a lot in one little foot. ..each foot has 26 bones…how much time to you spend on your feet? If the big toe isn’t landing when you walk, the rest of the leg wont be working too well, leading to other compensations up the body, in the hip, back, shoulder and neck. We overlook the foot because we have been told the sight of pain is the problem when in truth, the sight of pain is telling you there is a problem , its working too hard, you need to look elsewhere for the issue. Take a look at your shoes, where do they wear out the most> On the inside edge? Outside edge? Take the shoes off and stand up, close your eyes, where do you feel you place the most of your weight, where do you feel you are touching the floor more, front foot? back foot? right toe? left mid foot? These are all clues to help you understand where your body compensates as you stand, walk, run. When the knee hurts I look at the foot. When the hip hurts I look at the foot. I check the ankles movement, does it know how to pronate and supinate? Usually its doing one more then the other, this will affect the knee and hip joint, all the way up into the neck. You are amazing. Your brain is an amazing thing, it knows how to move and how to compensate, even if it brings you pain, it doesn’t care, all it wants to do is survive. Look at your feet, understand them more, or get assessed and walk pain free using the whole of your foot. Mel Collie www.melcollie.com...

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Mel Collie |Bunions

Mel Collie |Bunions


Posted on Sep 11, 2016

Mel Collie | Bunions   Bunions, or Hallus Valgus to you and me though..! Hallux means big toe , its often believed to be the case for Bunions that the big toe moves laterally when pressure applied from the side, so when ill fitting shoes are worn or shoes are worn too early from childhood. Anyway, many of you have them..and many of you don’t like them, they change the shape of the shoes you are wearing, shoes don’t fit properly and you don’t really want an operation because it doesn’t change the foot mechanics, just removes the callous/bunion, and so they will come back if you foot mechanics don’t change. There photos are of my mums bunions, she had both of them operated on about 20 years ago now, they both came back, because her gait wasn’t assessed , she continued to walk the same way, she pronates, those bunions re appeared…thats normal, the brain just doing what its used to doing, an operation may not change that unless to show it a different way. So, I used NKT on my mums foot Two half hour sessions over the space of 3 days An here was the result, a straighter big toe, which will help her use the inside line of that led more when she walks , which helps the glutes work better to help the hip extend as she walks, which helps the rotation of the ribs and the shoulders move well, which helps reduce tightness in the shoulder and neck. All of that in just 2 sessions, goes to show what can be achieved in 4 sessions, which we didn’t have time for as she was here on her holidays…time went by too fast!   Assessments for your gait and bunion treatment can be booked here by emailing me: melcollie@gmail.com Call 07800 797300 4 x 30 minute bunion specific treatment sessions – £120 (course must be taken over the space of 4 weeks and from my home clinic in Portreath, North Cornwall) Includes posture assessment and videos to follow on home treatment for continued success. Call now to book your feet in and start correcting your gait patterning and foot function. Mel Collie...

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Mel Collie | Jaw and Back Pain

Mel Collie | Jaw and Back Pain


Posted on Sep 7, 2016

Mel Collie | Jaw and Back Pain My client has lower back pain, not common I grant you that, but this case was a little different when she told me as we discussed her history if pain and injuries that her jaw liked a lot since she was a kid when she had braces fitted. I checked her jaw alignment. It went to her right quite a bit. When that happens the body compensates in other ways. I checked one of her back muscles to see if it was inhibited or facilitated…it was inhibited. Going back to her jaw, after checking to see if there was a connection with this and her weaker lower back muscle, turned out there was, releasing the jaw made her back switch on like Christmas tree lights. Homework for her to do at least twice a day, as the brain takes a few thousand reps to unwind an old movement pattern and dysfunction, was to release that tight jaw on the right side and strengthen the lower back. Will check back with her in 2 weeks to see if that new pattern has held. Mel www.melcollie.com Level II Neuro Kinetic Therapy Pilates Level III...

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Mel Collie | How to get rid of shin splints   My client has shin splints..if you’ve ever had these you will know that they are very painful, but why do you get them? Maybe through sport like running or climbing, or even walking fast uphill, or wearing new trainers, theres quite a few different reasons, however, what can you do about it? Using Neuro Kinetic therapy protocols, it makes common sense to look for the cause, otherwise you just keep on placing a plaster on the issue and it just keeps on returning, so thats why we test whats going on, however, shin splints can usually be treated this way:   Massage the tender area on your shins, usually its the Tibialis Anterior, so gently press around the area until you find that tender spot, and massage it for a minute. ,   Check your feet out whilst you do this, as you may find that your foot tends to be supinated…have a look at your shoes… see if you wear your shoes out more on the outer edge than the inner. This also contributes to shin splints. Then strengthen the side of your leg, the TFL . Lie on your side, lift the leg to the height of your waist, and bring it forward 30 degrees, then slowly lift and lower the leg 3 – 5 times, rest, repeat a couple more times, ensuring good alignment throughout.    Above all, if you can, find an NKT therapist to assess you to see if your issue is the above, as this was the issue for my client, and has now been pain free for a while now after having shin splints for years. Mel www.melcollie.com Assessments from my home clinic in Portreath, North Cornwall. Email: melcollie@gmail.com Tel: 07800 797300 First assessments 90 minutes...

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Mel Collie | Inner knee pain and your thighs! In her third session, my client came in with amazingness that he core was feeling a lot stronger, more support and she no longer needed her blue inhaler, which was a bonus…all because we had been doing some work on her diaphragm and breathing. However, with a pain she couldn’t quite pin-point, around  the inner knee, inner thigh area, we did some Neuro Kinetic Therapy tests on her Quads , when one of those quads was tested, there was an aching pain on the outer hip. The body leaves clues…NKT teaches you what to look for..which takes the guess work out of assessments and means clients get fast and long lasting relief from pain. So, it seems that her inner quad muscle, the Vastus Lateralis was Inhibited..as when tested it tested weak. Weak doesn’t mean its totally not working, but that its less effective than it should be. Seeing what it was Inhibited for, and the pain she experienced during the test lead me to the Ilio Tibial Band, which you can see here: Now she’s been running in a few dog agility competitions. IT Band issues are common in runners , but rather than roll it on a foam roller, find out why its tender and whats going on. get it tested, it may need rolling, it may not, if it does, its Facilitated, find what its compensating for, strengthen that muscle or those muscles and your IT Band should be as high as rain again. Mel Collie www.melcollie.com Appointments can be booked by emailing me : melcollie@gmail.com or calling 07800797300 Appointments are from my home studio in Portreath, North...

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