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Mel Collie | Is your neck stronger than your core?

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…?

  1. Do a core exercise you are familiar with.
  2. Now do it again and be aware of the following – clenched jaw, tilted head position, lifted shoulders, tight diaphragm, clenched toes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

www.melcollie.com

Mel Collie | Change Your Posture in a Week?

Mel Collie | Change Your Posture in a Week?

Can you change your posture in a week?

Changes that last and that reduce pain and tight muscles?

Change that reduces tight hamstrings, weak glutes and tight shoulders?

Before you think ‘Ive lost it and 7 days isn’t long enough, then you are right..it isn’t! However, I love to prove you wrong, but I’m not out to to impress you, Im just simply looking for a way that works, that constantly proves its assessments are thorough, and hat doesn’t leave me hunting or guessing.

So, to test my theory, to see if what I have learned was going to work, I needed to test it on real people. Is that illegal in some countries? Maybe!

Anyway, I posted in a local Facebook group(its great for somethings!) for someone who had SI Joint pain, and this lady stepped up. With pain in her SI joint (sacro-iliac), that was my focus in the first sessions.

She is dedicated and did her daily homework, which didn’t take more than 5 mins a day.

She came back in the second week as a follow up, so I could check her homework and she could give me an update.

Those follow up appointment are crucial, the body works in patterns, unravelling the main one can uncover others..and that showed in this second appointment.

A further posture check to see what, if anything, had changed

And rather than guessing at what needs stretching because its tight, I used NKT protocols.

As a pattern detective in training, I assessed her movement patterns.

That means checking how effective was her hip flexion, knee flexion, arm flexion.  What pattern does her brain have in its software to use these movements?

A chat about her history gave me a few clues, checking her posture assessment gave me more clues, and checking her organised and disorganised muscles gave me other clues.

I felt like a proper Poirot!

Assess, I don’t guess.

You are unique

Just because you have SI joint pain doesn’t mean the painful area needs stretching.

Just because you have tight neck doesn’t mean it needs stretching. You could be stretching a muscle thats exhausted , has been hanging on for so long its knackered and is telling you its had enough, its pissed off, it wants you to get those other muscles working pretty quick.

Which muscles to test though?

We looked at her right shoulder which was rolling inwards from a tight pec minor. When thats pulling forward then something in the back changes.

After testing a few muscles, her mid and upper Trapezius muscle turned out to be a little bit unorganised, as well as her Latissimus Dorsi.

The tests don’t take long, checking the work and being thorough means you do take time though to ensure that the pattern you have found holds.

Thats the fun of being a pattern detective..

Before  and After photos in just 7 days, yep, we’ve still got work to do on that hip. Homework in her second week is for glutes, psoas and trapezius. Why those? Because they all showed up as being disorganised by testing patterns.

Its that simple…:)

Change your posture in a week.
Change your posture in a week.
Using NKT to change posture by assessing patterns.
Using NKT to change posture by assessing patterns.posture, NKT, pa

 

 

 

 

Mel Collie | Hip Height & Legs

Mel Collie | Hip Height & Legs

Difference in hip heights is very common, you may well find you have one leg longer than the other.

Ive got that 🙂

I noticed it a few years ago, when I wore my workout trousers, one trouser leg was longer, actually touching the floor, the other was shorter…I tried to blame my trousers, maybe they were made like that, or had shrunk in the wash or something.

Nope…my pelvis had a little bit of a rotation.

If you were born with 1 leg shorter than the other, then its more of a hardware issue, rather than software, thats why I ask you if you have always had certain issues, like scoliosis for example. Were you born with it? Chances are, if you were, you will know about it, your medical records will show it.

Quadratus Lumborum
Quadratus Lumborum

With a hip height difference, one of your complaints maybe  lower back pain on one side. However, we all have different pain receptors in the brain, and you may be just fine and not feel a thing.

Place your hands on your hip bones and feel to see which one feels higher.

Your ribs will be closer to your hips your Quadratus Lumborum(Lets call it the QL for short..its easier to type!) – that muscle in the pic on the left here, will be squished on one side, maybe a bit tender to touch.

I will do a simple QL test .

I don’t like using the words tight and weak, as muscles that are weak are not always weak, they can be strong, and we then have images in our brain what feels tight, and feel thats stronger, sending bad vibes to the weaker muscle.

Instead, I like the words organised and disorganised.

Organised are the muscles in the test that have more tone, feel stronger and tighter.

The opposite for disorganised.

Your QL has relationships with other muscles.its that naughty! 🙂

The opposite QL can be disorganised too, or the Psoas.

Looking for movement patterns, seeing how you move, what compensations your brain has been happy to use for a while.

After the simple tests, we can see a difference in the hip levels, and do some easy exercises to maintain the balance in the QL and Psoas muscles, if the tests showed that these muscles were having an dysfunctional relationship..The body is so amazing isn’t it, it will surely find another way around an issue , even if it leads to, eventual, pain and sore muscles. You are a little miracle!

So, once we find out whats going on, and we learn that by doing the tests, rather than just guessing and thinking what should be going on, you may find the back pain goes, your legs feel different, you have more strength in one leg which used to feel like the weaker one, it may change your breathing and if you had a tight shoulder, it may also fix that too, as fixing hip levels can change and reorganised a lot of other stuff happening up the spine.

Stunning stuff.

Never ceases to amaze me, fox me, inspire me, interest me.

Anatomy geek…thats me!

Mel Collie

www.melcollie.com

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Mel Collie | Sacroiliac Pain

Mel Collie | Sacroiliac Pain

Have you ever had SI Joint pain? Painful stuff!

So, as part of becoming a pattern detective with a certificate to put on my wall, I’ve asked in a Facebook group for the village I live in, for some guinea pigs with SIJ pain, and was inundated with replies! Theres a lot of it around it seems, who knew?!

So, after doing some homework, I’ve studied the core relationship, but am also aware that it can be as far away as the lower leg, so Im hoping its the core and we can resolve it.

If the core is inhibited, the SI will compress. leading to some pain in that area.

If your body lacks stability at its core, it will fight for that stability elsewhere.

That elsewhere could be at the SIJ.

Commonly found also , along with inhibited glutes and core muscles are facilitated quadratus lumborum (yes, the James Bond of muscles, my favourite!) iliac and erector spinae.

All of theses, along with some others, will be tested, by me, as if Im not uncovering the whole story, the finest details, then Im not doing my client a service, I want them to skip off the massage therapy table and do their specific holding homework.

Homework is crucial here, home exercises that help groove the correct movement pattern in the brain can take 3,000 reps to learn, so doing the new movement pattern as many times a day as possible helps, but at first, we say at least twice a day.

Thats why you come back for further visits as per the package details in my Assessment package, you wont get very far by coming here just once and then doing nothing.

Its not about stretching tight muscles, its about re-learning a new movement pattern. That takes commitment, time , dedication and a connection with your most amazing brain.

Its a bit like Midsomer Murders! Sometimes when they think they have the bad guy, yet another villager dies (where do they all come from??) and they are back to the drawing board.

Dont do that! Use your most amazingly amazing brain, you’ve only got one, aren’t you lucky! Its such an amazing thing, it can work wonders for you!

Mel Collie

Pattern Detective in training!

http://neurokinetictherapy.com

 

Mel Collie | I Understand Whats Happening

Mel Collie | I Understand Whats Happening

I love pain – hang on…what sounds odd..what I mean is  I love to learn and understand about the brain and what pain is to the brain, how it interprets it.

Heres 11 fascinating facts that should be on Steve Wrights Factoid on Radio 2:

  1. Your brain makes pain when it concludes your body tissues are in danger
  2. when you are hungry, its your brain creating hunger , not your stomach, theres no hunger sensors or signals, no such thing…your blood may be sending low on sugar/magnesium/zinc/vit C etc messages. Hunger is made by your brain to prompt you to eat
  3. Thirst is the same
  4. Pain is no different
  5. Theres NO pain nerves, sensors or fibres in the body
  6. Sensors detect change, send messages to the brain, which listens and weighs them up in the context of your situation
  7. you can have an injury and have no pain
  8. many people have spinal disc issues and no pain
  9. many people have pain and no injury
  10. a finger injury will hurt more for a pianist than a dancer as it affects their livelihood
  11. the less you understand about your pain/surgical procedures/medical condition the more pain you feel

 

Fascinating don’t you think?

So, does your level of pain change when

  1. you are doing something you love
  2. you are doing something you hate
  3. where you are
  4. who you are with
  5. the things you hear other say
  6. your level of stress (financial/judgements from others/dehydration/self esteem)

 

Even more interesting if you went through those and discovered some stuff about how your pain works, changes, feels, affects you day to day, the ups and downs.

So, when your brain perceives, as in it Googles itself, from all your past experiences and interactions (many you would have forgotten) to see if you are in a danger or safe situation.

It only wants to know if you can survive.

Evidence of danger, pain will increase

Evidence of safety, pain reduces.

 

More to come in my next post. ..we will make a list of some danger and safe words..:)

 

Mel Collie

www.melcollie.com

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