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Mel Collie | Feet and Knees

Mel Collie | Feet and Knees

Gait

Feet and knees – very important joints in your body, yet two that are neglected until they are painful. The feet have 33 joints in each, thats a lot in one little foot. ..each foot has 26 bones…how much time to you spend on your feet?

If the big toe isn’t landing when you walk, the rest of the leg wont be working too well, leading to other compensations up the body, in the hip, back, shoulder and neck.

We overlook the foot because we have been told the sight of pain is the problem when in truth, the sight of pain is telling you there is a problem , its working too hard, you need to look elsewhere for the issue.

Take a look at your shoes, where do they wear out the most> On the inside edge? Outside edge?

Take the shoes off and stand up, close your eyes, where do you feel you place the most of your weight, where do you feel you are touching the floor more, front foot? back foot? right toe? left mid foot?

These are all clues to help you understand where your body compensates as you stand, walk, run.

When the knee hurts I look at the foot.

When the hip hurts I look at the foot.

I check the ankles movement, does it know how to pronate and supinate?

Usually its doing one more then the other, this will affect the knee and hip joint, all the way up into the neck.

You are amazing.

Your brain is an amazing thing, it knows how to move and how to compensate, even if it brings you pain, it doesn’t care, all it wants to do is survive.

Look at your feet, understand them more, or get assessed and walk pain free using the whole of your foot.

Mel Collie

www.melcollie.com

 

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 | Jaw and Back Pain

Mel Collie | Jaw and Back Pain

My client has lower back pain, not common I grant you that, but this case was a little different when she told me as we discussed her history if pain and injuries that her jaw liked a lot since she was a kid when she had braces fitted.

I checked her jaw alignment.

It went to her right quite a bit.

When that happens the body compensates in other ways.

I checked one of her back muscles to see if it was inhibited or facilitated…it was inhibited.

Going back to her jaw, after checking to see if there was a connection with this and her weaker lower back muscle, turned out there was, releasing the jaw made her back switch on like Christmas tree lights.

Homework for her to do at least twice a day, as the brain takes a few thousand reps to unwind an old movement pattern and dysfunction, was to release that tight jaw on the right side and strengthen the lower back.

Will check back with her in 2 weeks to see if that new pattern has held.

Mel

www.melcollie.com

Level II Neuro Kinetic Therapy

Pilates Level III

 

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