Mel Collie

Assessing Movement. Not Muscles.


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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 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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