Category Archives: Pilates in Cornwall

Mel Collie |Bunions

Bunion - BeforeMel Collie | Bunions

 

Bunions, or Hallus Valgus to you and me though..! Hallux means big toe , its often believed to be the case for Bunions that the big toe moves laterally when pressure applied from the side, so when ill fitting shoes are worn or shoes are worn too early from childhood.

Anyway, many of you have them..and many of you don’t like them, they change the shape of the shoes you are wearing, shoes don’t fit properly and you don’t really want an operation because it doesn’t change the foot mechanics, just removes the callous/bunion, and so they will come back if you foot mechanics don’t change. There photos are of my mums bunions, she had both of them operated on about 20 years ago now, they both came back, because her gait wasn’t assessed , she continued to walk the same way, she pronates, those bunions re appeared…thats normal, the brain just doing what its used to doing, an operation may not change that unless to show it a different way.

So, I used NKT on my mums foot

Two half hour sessions over the space of 3 days

An here was the result, a straighter big toe, which will help her use the inside line of that led more when she walks , which helps the glutes work better to help the hip extend as she walks, which helps the rotation of the ribs and the shoulders move well, which helps reduce tightness in the shoulder and neck. All of that in just 2 sessions, goes to show what can be achieved in 4 sessions, which we didn’t have time for as she was here on her holidays…time went by too fast!

 

Bunion - after

Assessments for your gait and bunion treatment can be booked here by emailing me:

melcollie@gmail.com

Call 07800 797300

4 x 30 minute bunion specific treatment sessions – £120

(course must be taken over the space of 4 weeks and from my home clinic in Portreath, North Cornwall)

Includes posture assessment and videos to follow on home treatment for continued success.

Call now to book your feet in and start correcting your gait patterning and foot function.

Mel Collie

www.melcollie.com

Mel Collie | Inner knee pain and your thighs!

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.

quads

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:

ITB

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 Cornwall.

Mel Collie | Why are your hamstrings tight?

 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

www.melcollie.com

Mel Collie | Have you got painful feet?

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.

Plantar Fascia, Calves, Glutes
Plantar Fascia, Calves, Glutes

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

www.melcollie.com

Mel Collie | Ever massaged your Diaphragm?

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.

diaphragm

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

www.melcollie.com