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Mel Collie | Low Back Pain?

Mel Collie | Low Back Pain?

Have you ever had an MRI scan and been told by your GP that theres absolutely nothing wrong with your lower back, even though it hurts and has been nagging your for ever and affects your lifestyle, your energy and mood, but your MRI says that you are mistaken and your GP says its all in your head.

Something like that can make you feel stupid, doubt yourself and depressed

Many of us weren’t taught anatomy in school, I certainly was, or I was off school that day..or maybe my 51 year old brain just doesn’t remember that far back..

I think I will go for the latter!

Turns out that your little discs between the bones in your spine have to be very far out of place in order to touch a nerve, so if you are worried about disc bulges, they aren’t that common

If the words on your MRI report say they have found nothing wrong, then your discs are doing just fine, if you are over 50 like me then your spine will have some wear and tear, its normal.

You’ve also got muscles attached to your spine, surprised?

Many of us stretch our hamstrings or quads, those muscles on the back and front of your thigh..

But we are surprised when our lower back hurts because we don’t move as the body was designed to move.

Its just the way of the modern world

We sit

A lot

The most powerful muscle of the body is the one we sit on.

The glutes, you have 2 other them

You also have 2 muscles either side of the lower back that are a common issue in lower back pain, because we don’t do a lot of side bending, these muscles get tight…or weak..one might be tight, the other may be ok, until you have an assessment, you will just be guessing.

If ones weak, it could still be painful if ones tight it can mean its doing double the work, its what is known as facilitated, it could be working for other muscles that are nearby that have stopped doing their job, because of sitting, injury, surgery…or just because…you may never know why, its fixing it that you want, a result.

I’m opening up my new therapy centre in Portreath,  Cornwall, using Neuro Kinetic Therapy, from May 6th, specialising in assessing core strength and stability and lower back pain treatments.

Heres where Ive added some available dates for assessments with a discounted opening offer for all clients.

https://v1.bookwhen.com/melcollie

Mel Collie

NKT Level 1 & Pilates Instructor

www.melcollie.com

 

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 |Why Is Posture Important

Mel Collie | Why Is Posture Important & should you care?

I’m called a the posture geek, by friends as well as clients, so its without doubt I’m going to say yes, posture is important, but why is that and what happens when it isn’t, is it hard to put right?

1. Wonky spines – we’ve all got them, if you sit a lot, stand a lot (mechanics, nurses for example) then your spine is going to be a bit wonky.. You will have issues with health, as the body is out of alignment. Its not about being perfect, its about being healthy and having a life that ts without pain, but better health, a bit like having the car well tuned and noticing how well it runs afterwards, has that happened to you? Happens to me when I put air in the tyres, feels like a whole new car driving experience. The issues on our health can range from the obvious back pain, neck pain, knee pain, to digestive issues, skin disorders, headaches.

2. Knees, back and hip pain can occur when they overwork because other muscles arent doing their job. This could be because the upper middle back has been stretched by sitting at the desk, standing over the car (mechanics. standing over patients (nurses and Dr), standing a lot (postman carrying heavy post bags, shop workers) Your body needs to keep moving, the brain will find another muscle to do the job if the ones that should be helping you, aren’t working as they should. That sound a bit weird doesn’t it? I though so too, after all, if the muscles are in the body and all attached then why aren’t they getting the signal? Well, that signal to act can be disrupted by things like injury(even from an injury when you were little) over training, under training,not doing the right exercises for example.

3. Its not hard to put right, but it takes effort, like anything else in life, if you want results, you have to out in effort, there is no magic pill, unfortunately, but would life be dull if there was… However, using the nervous system is a short cut to getting good and fast results.

Something as simple as lack of rotation in the mid body can mean the knees, hips and lower back over work to replicate that movement.

How can you measure where you are right now with your lack of rotation (if you have any that is) is this link of little old me showing you something you can do everyday.

Use it before and after you train, work, run, ski, surf, climb, roller skate..it tells you that the activity you’ve been doing has affected your movement, has it reduced or increased?

For example, during a 1:1 training session, the nervous system takes a pounding as you exercise, and if you are already stressed through work worries, home worries, shallow fast breathing,  dehydrated or digestive system is affected, then you may find your muscles react, posture changes, pain happens.

If you are about to set off and do a training session, check your nervous system before (Use that video link!), during and again after. This way you can see what is and what isnt working for you,. not what someone else expects you to do, but what you can do, what your tolerance levels are for that day.

You are different everyday.

Treat yourself with the respect that you deserve, use that wisdom to have a stronger, flexible, healthier skeleton. A stronger spine with a life of less pain, more stamina and better movement.

Mel Collie

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