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Mel Collie | Hurt Your Back?

Mel Collie | Hurt Your Back?

Sometimes, doing the most simple thing like bending down to pick up a pen from the floor, can do your back in..

Why is that?

Well, its not the task that did it, its whats going on in your nervous system, all the build up, past injuries, lack of movement, lack of supporting gut health in the form of nutrients and hydration, reduced eyesight(spending more time on Facebook/emails/Twitter/websites/editing) reduced balance, reduced input from the world around us.

In a nutshell, your brain only asks one thing – can I survive this?

If it thinks you cannot, it will send you enough pain to ensure you don’t over reach/bend/play

You feel pain, you slow down, thats just what your nervous system wants, it doesn’t care you have work to do, a job to complete , a marathon to run, dinner to cook, a house to clean.

It just goes by the feedback you are giving it.

If thats crappy(just like a GPS, functioning as a GPS, your brain locates you in space utilising vision, vestibular,proprioception like 3 satellite signals), then your responses will be too.

You can’t have it all..you have to do some work to keep a healthy foundation, and thats down to you, no one else.

Heres some help though. Poor function in one of more of those satellite signals results in  malfunction.Its hard to find your way when the satellite signal isn’t working..

Pain is a signal for danger – an action that makes the central nervous system feel threatened, pain does not always = injury.

Anyhooo..heres some little tips for you

  1. The most repetitive thing your body will do today is breathe. Get that wrong and the whole cascade of satellite breakdown emergency signals will begin. Pain is the end result. You are reading this, so you are alive, that means you are breathing, however, your body, a master of compensation, will get energy from anywhere at your own expense. This means that if you aren’t taking in enough oxygen, your brain will have to ensure that in order to survive, you will have to therefore have a less efficient outcome – less mobility, flexibility, strength, energy. You aren’t giving it the fuel it needs, it has to respond.
  2. Your eyes aren’t getting any better are they? When was the last time you took a day off Facebook and looked at the world around you instead? Allowing a focus away from the screen, every day for a few minutes every half hour, allows your eyes to send better signals back to your brain. A reduced signal means a  reduced output via pain, less movement, less range and reach, pain when your brain think you are reaching too far or bending in a way that means it hasn’t got the support to allow you to do that, it has to stop you, how can it do that? Pain signals.
  3. It may not sound very nice, but pain is a way of your brain telling you that it needs some help from you, some input please, some support. Simple breathing deep into the lower belly 10 times  (repeat 5 times a day) helps enormously, your brain loves to feel that. Give it the fuel it needs and it will respond, much like a car. That goes for nutrition and hydration too. Lack of nutrients means a weakened gut , your gut is at the area of your lower back..makes sense? More green veggies, less gluten, more water, less caffeine, more fruit, less fake sugar.

You’ve only got one spine.

Look after it.

Mel

x

That was a lot of helpful tips there, needs some accountability?

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Mel Collie | Which exercises help improve your memory ?

Mel Collie ” Which exercises help improve your memory?

Memory, cravings and mobility can all be helped by doing exercises that help certain areas of the brain respond & grow.

The eyes and ears and spine are connected via track in the brain, connected by neurons that control eye motion, the balance system and spine musculature.
If the brain doesn’t perceive the spine to be mobile, or stable, it will NEVER, allow the full potential range or contractile motion to be realised from your limbs.

Make sense?

Cool!

Engage your brain and it will reward you with better muscle facilitation, range of motion, balance and movement performance.

I give clients rapid eye movement for homework to do, they are a function of the front cortex of the brain, the CEO if you like, the boss.
I believe that skill work is lacking from traditional approaches to exercise.

The more complex the movement, the more your brain loves it, plus, the more focused your attention as you perform the moves, the better overall result.

When you eventually manage to perform the movement well, as you practice and practice and practice, you are rewarded with a sense of accomplishment, the hormone Dopamine, floods the system.

So, other than just exercising for body composition, which is all the rage right now (must have a flatter belly, must have a flatter belly…..), is it time to flip it and choose movement skills for a re enhanced brain function, more fun and engaging than punishing yourself on a treadmill for example.

Your brain requires feedback from all joints.

A simple movement like standing, lifting up one knee, the opposite elbow coming forward to touch, then change knees and elbows, so you cross over each time, when you have that nailed 10 reps, without falling to one side, add a walk forwards as you do the movement, then walk backwards doing the movement.

Then close your eyes 🙂

Cartwheels, forward rolls, handstands – kids movement we all did.. but sadly as adults, don’t do anymore, but they are all bone strengthening , all weight bearing, all fun to practice.

Improving attention improves mobility, staying focused as you exercise, enhances mobility.

Activate your cerebellum today,and your future will be a lot brighter for your brain function.

Get yourself to the park and get cartwheeling with the kids 🙂

Mel Collie

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