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.
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
Toes lifting or clawing at the ground
Pelvic floor clenching
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?