Mel Collie |Back Pain & Your Cheating Core
Its not nice when you get back pain, it can really take over your life and be so debilitating.
Its also not nice to be told that the reason your back hurts could be that your core isn’t stabilising, its not switching on quick enough to be able to do its job.
You find other ways
The main way, I’ve found through doing some pattern testing on some willing volunteers, is holding the breath
We then find that the back holds, but at the costs of compensating through the diaphragm and the hip flexor- Psoas – as it has fibres that connect to the diaphragm.Then these get tired, and complain.
Those complaints are felt as pain. So pain is a friend, sometimes, its knocking on your door, telling you to do something about your cheating core.
Is breathing important?
You betcha back pain it is!
Breathe well and you’ve got great core ability, great connection with your abs and Psoas.
I do a simple Psoas test, Transversus and Rectus Abs test, to see if its your breath holding is compensating for your lower back.
It’s one of my favourite pattern detective tests.
I’m now onto the hands and fingers…these I find complicated, interesting though, because as we spend more time on mobiles, laptops and computers, we spend more time with bent fingers, so the flexion muscles of the fingers become more hypertonic, and the extension muscles become sub optimal.
Testing each finger on an extension against a low pressure from my own hands, reveals which fingers are the weakest, on an extension pattern.
We may also see compensation in the breath , holding it to stabilise, also in the shoulder lifting , which creates tightness in the upper Trapezius and Scalene muscles, and if both scalene muscles are tight, this can be lead back to the core again, as a de stabilised core can lead to stabilisation in the neck, on both sides.
So, for all you texting bunnies out there, those finger tests are very revealing!
Texting is a repetitive movement, as is tapping your keyboard, that repetitive movement has to show up somewhere along the pattern of movement , and if you see the fascia picture of the arm lines, you can follow the line back to the upper skeletal frame.
Pain usually is the site of a tight , hypertonic muscle, doesn’t mean is weak, it can be strong, thats the beauty of the patterning tests, to see if the muscles are weak or strong, which ones are working and which ones aren’t, so when you do homework your doing the right home exercises that release the tight first, but strengthen the weaker ones second.
Trick is knowing which muscles are doing what, without assessing, you are , well, guessing I suppose.
Assessing can take a couple of hours, thats why your first appointment asks that you allow 120 minutes, to help take time to reveal the story your body is telling.
This photo is of the Arm Anatomy Trains . If you google Thomas Myers, Anatomy Trains, you will come up with a load of great stuff, his videos on fascia dissection are very interesting, just don’t watch them whilst eating your dinner….
Pattern Detective in Training!