Posts made in January, 2017


Mel Collie | Is your neck stronger than your core? Core exercises are all the rage and have been for years, they’ve been embedded into our heads from fitness classes, magazine articles and celebrities shouting that you should all the doing core strength exercises, however.. if you are, and seeing minimal results, why is that and what can you do about it…? Do a core exercise you are familiar with. Now do it again and be aware of the following – clenched jaw, tilted head position, lifted shoulders, tight diaphragm, clenched toes. Why those in particular? Well, these are a few compensatory ways of using what we believe is our “core” when in fact, the connection between brain and “core” isn’t as strong as we believe. It takes a brave person to admit they have a weak core,  I see it a lot os weak “core” muscles in my NKT sessions. If you aren’t stable in your centre, the extremities will take up the slack, you will experience tightness in arms, legs, jaw, neck, pelvic floor or diaphragm. A simple example : Lie on your back with knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Now lift both arms up to the ceiling, palms facing each other. Now lift your feet, knees stay bent at 90 degrees, so the knee line is above the hip bones. Breathe in Exhale as you, slowly lower the right leg towards the floor(leg can stay bent or straight, depends on your current level of core connection)  and the left arm back Keep the arm straight, keep the knee bent. Inhale come back with arm and leg. Change sides as repeat. Compensation points to check: Chin lifts as your head drops back Shoulders lift Breathe holding Toes lifting or clawing at the ground Pelvic floor clenching Ribs lifting Glutes squeezing Eyes closing   It doesn’t have to be a check list of all of these, but it could be one or two that you may notice. Work on correcting those and your core exercises will take off. Stick with the compensation patterns and they will get stronger, not your core. How can you tell? Get assessed by an NeuroKinetic Therapist (NKT) or have your compensation check list as listed above and listen your brain. Be your brain. Where does your brain go to when the core isn’t connecting. What does your brain do? Mel Collie...

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Mel Collie | Back Pain?


Posted on Jan 16, 2017

Mel Collie | Back Pain? Theres many causes of back pain which is why I use a method that tests whats going on in your body, because you are unique, but, here are  three things that sometimes show up: Scars. Abdominal surgery, C-sections, appendix scars, can inhibit the abdominal muscles. This means some or all of the abdominals can be weak, and not contract well, stability has to be achieved elsewhere, possibly the neck and shoulders, so if you have an ab scar, and neck tightness and pain, then there could be a connection. Feet. Your foot placement can also be a cause of back pain. If you have toe pain, especially the big toe, this can jam the sacrum leading to tightness and pain in the back. Rotation. Lack of rotation in the thoracic spine, thats the mid spine from the base of your neck to the top of your lumbar spine. Reduced movement in this area means that the back jams up. The neck and shoulder may also have issues. So, you can see that its not just a lower back issue. Your lower back depends on the other parts around it to be working in harmony, it has no option but to tighten up to create stability. Being assessed means the world of difference, you may have stubbed your toe, you may have had surgery , you may have had dental work, you may have tight hips, you may have a compensation strategy you aren’t aware of, until the pain starts to really bug you and you need to check it out. Lower back pain is so common. Looking outside the box however, isn’t. So if the usual strategies of rest, cream and pills and even some exercises aren’t helping, its not you thats broken, its the information you are listening to. Try something different and get assessed, be ready to list your history of injury, accidents, surgery, as far back as you can remember. One clients back pain came from when he fell off the slide as a youngster, and the brain strategy to help him move was to compress the lower back. He was still moving, but with pain in the back. Decompressing the lower back , in his case, was key to switch back on the muscles to stabilise the centre, so the arms and legs could move well. However, that may not be your issue, because you probably didn’t fall off a slide.. Mel Collie NeuroKinetic Therapist Level II www.melcollie.com Assessments and treatments from my home studio in a North Cornish village by the sea. 9 Tregea Terrace Portreath Cornwall UK TR16...

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