Mel Collie

Assessing Movement. Not Muscles.


 Why are your hamstrings tight?   A client , a runner, came to see me complaining of tight hamstrings, which was bugging them as stretching them daily before and after a run was a constant concern. They also had one supinated foot and a pronated foot. Assessing clients posture showed a posterior tilt, and a swayback posture, and over pronated left foot.. What it means? Well it can mean the hamstrings are “tight” and feel “tight”. Stretching them feels good to do, but always ends back with “tight” hamstrings.. The funny thing is..hamstrings are tight for a reason. You can stretch them all you like.. They wont let go because they are doing an awesome job of protecting you…stabilising you..for whatever reason your brain deems fit Could be for glutes Could be for the neck extensors Could be for quadratus lumborum (love the name of that muscle!) What to do about it? After using NKT protocols to assess muscle patterns, the hamstings were overworking for the glutes. Checked the relationship between them to be sure, and then spent about a minute foam rolling the hamstrings followed by 5 reps of strengthening the glute max. Happy client. Got back pain? Got tight hamstrings? Get an NKT specialist to check out the relationship between them Could just be a little bit surprised what shows up… I always am.. Mel...

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Mel Collie | Have you got painful feet?   Todays Neuro Kinetic Therapy  wonder was a beautiful lady who was suffering with plantar fascia pain, if you’ve ever had it you will know it hurts! I checked her calves and glutes. Why? Check the Fascia back line picture below. Its all connected. If the glutes aren’t in an organised pattern, the brain has to find another muscle to do the work and that could mean the calf muscles… After spending time massaging her calves and getting those amazing butt muscles online she left here feeling better than when she walked in. So if you suffer from plantar fascia try this – massage the calves with the fingers, a tennis ball or a foam roller then get the glutes working by doing a glute exercise like the glute bridge. I didn’t guess that was her patterning though.   I tested the glutes and the calf to see what was going on as this may not have been why the plantar fascia was complaining, just so happened that in this case it was. She has homework to do, daily, to help her brain keep the pattern that it has had all along but at some point, due to an injury, it changed and went down a different path. Sometimes the brain will change that pattern and find a different route. thats the way it works. It just looking out for you. Even if that brings you pain and annoys you. It is doing it job. Don’t hate the pain, its telling you its story. If your aren’t sure, come along for an NKT session at my home therapy room in Portreath. Update – 2 weeks later and she is still pain free. Mel Collie NKT Level 1 Practitioner...

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Mel Collie | Ever massaged your Diaphragm?   Todays Neuro Kinetic Therapy special was a curious one, but as I have learned with this technique, I go with what the body tells me. I was going to do some work on the right foot , but as the diaphragm was flaring and something my client had mentioned in our chat at the beginning of the session, I tested the diaphragm against the abdominals and her glutes as she has a tucked under pelvis and shortened space between lower rib and hip bone, slight kyphosis and altered neck position…(I will ask you questions later..:) ) I found a facilitated spot on the diaphragm, a bit tender, and when I theory localised it, the glutes switched on, as did her core muscles, which meant that when we tested the core muscles, there was no visible shaking in the upper neck, and no jaw clenching. The diaphragm can be a compensator for so many things… It may seem too simple for you as a client to do breathing homework (what you don’t get 100 sit ups and press ups? !!…umm…nope…) ..but breathing is the most repetitive movement you will do each and every day, and I guess you’ve been doing those reps for quite a while now…   Mel Collie NKT Level 1 Practitioner...

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Why your calf muscles are tight & what to do about it Bit of a long title, but does what it says on the tin..tight calf muscles, stretch them and they are just like your tight hamstrings, they always come back, why is that, could it be they are tight for a reason, tight because something else isn’t allowing them to “let go”? This could possibly be inhibited glutes, which means your glutes may not be doing their job, but your calves are instead. Get the bum working and the calves can release. How you can do that? Find a tender area on your calf and give is a massage with your fingers or with a tennis ball or foam roller. About 30 – 60 seconds is just fine Then strengthen the glutes by doing 5 reps of a glute bridge. Don’t hold your breath or clench the jaw. Repeat twice a day Your glutes will love you..   Mel...

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Mel Collie | Got Bunions?

Mel Collie | Got Bunions?


Posted on May 30, 2016

  Ever looked at your feet and wondered why you have got bunions? Take a look at the sole of the shoes you wear the most, it tells a story of how your foot works when you walk. Bunions often tell the story of a pronated foot. A pronated foot means that the arch is not as visible , however pronation is not a bad thing your foot pronates when you walk, its supposed to, but it becomes an issue if it gets stuck in pronation, creating bunions and an ankle that has limited mobility. An ankle with limited mobility will look to the knee for help which can result in a painful knee. Its not the knee thats the problem, look to the ankle first before fixing the knee. Standing up, place your feet in a pronated position, lose the natural arch of the foot, observe what happens to the knee, hip, shoulder and head. Take a few steps with a pronated foot, you may be able to notice that you use the big toe and second toe quite a lot as you walk. Your inner part of the shoe will be more worn than the outer part. What can you do about it? The Peroneals can be tender when bunions are an issue, this picture is a great shot that demonstrates where your Peroneals are, at the side of the shin,on the outer edge..find an area that feels tender, like you are pressing on  bruise. Massage the area gently, don’t go in too heavy , for a 30 – 60 seconds.   Then once they’ve released go to the outside band of the thigh called the Tensor Fascia Lata, TFL for short. Strengthen the TFL by lying on your side so the leg you pronate on (however, it may be both feet..so you need to practice this on both sides) is on top, lift it slightly away from the bottom leg, no higher than your hip, and bring it forwards about 30 degrees, slowly and gently lift and lower the leg…its a very small movement, don’t be tempted to go big, you may be missing a trick by overdoing it. 5 reps max or until you feel the leg being to shake, if you feel that after the first rep, then stop, 1 rep is all you need, you will find that as you practice this at least twice a day, you will get stronger and be able to do more repetitions. Any question, just send me an email to melcollie@gmail.com Mel...

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