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Why Back Pain Keeps Returning: The Vestibular System | Part 1

This is an excerpt of an article from Dr Eric Cobb in PT on the net from February 12th of this year. I couldn’t agree more with him… “In the health and fitness world THE most commonly encountered limitation in training is spinal pain, immobility or lack of stability. In fact, low back pain is the most ubiquitous ‘musculoskeletal’ pain experienced around the world and is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old (AAPM Facts and Figures on Pain, 2014). (…)It would be logical to assume that there have been tremendous breakthroughs over the last 50 years in dealing with spinal pain. Unfortunately, this is not the case! The truth is that despite increasingly sophisticated imaging techniques and exercise protocols, MANY health and fitness clients continually struggle with chronic spinal issues. And, as we are all aware, one definition of insanity is, ‘Doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result.’ Perhaps it is time to begin thinking about spinal complaints from a broader perspective. One glaring problem in the current approach to dealing with spinal compromise is the ongoing insistence on evaluating and working with the back as a mechanical system rather than a NEUROmechanical system. The fact is that there is far more going on than meets the eye when we discuss something like spinal mobility, stability and strength. Spinal movement is a complex symphony of muscular activation and inhibition combined with the ongoing influences of the spinal structures themselves (vertebrae, ribs, etc), fascial tension planes, dermal adhesions, etc. And, most importantly, all of these structures are in a virtually continuous state of flux and adaptation as we move and are forced to continually re-orient against gravity. As a result, it is a bit naïve and... read more

Greatness is Practiced

Greatness is practiced, it doesn’t just emerge  spontaneously. In his book ‘The Talent Code’ Daniel Coyle talks about how excellence is built through excellent repetition, and excellent repetition is built through excellent practice habits. In human physiology, SAID is an acronym. It stands for Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand. It basically means that you get better at what you practice. Now the reason that this is so important is that we see tons of people coming into the health and fitness world with really no idea what they want to be good at. Or with a very clear idea of what they want to be good at thinking that they need to do a lot of other things that other people are doing in order to get good at this one skill. If you work out, look at your recent sessions and ask yourself if you are making yourself better at things that matter to you. Simple question. Is your practice taking you in the direction that you want it to go? Now that doesn’t mean that if you’re a football player, you only have to play football. You may need to do other accessory things. What you should understand is that there’s a high degree of specificity in the human nervous system. That whenever you’re training just generally you’re probably going to get general results. From what we just explained wouldn’t it make sense to consider training the vision and the inner ear for better balance? Do those elements really have applications? Think about… walking for instance. How far can you walk without an adequate balance? And how can you prevent injuries without a vision that gives you an accurate perception of the environment? If you are looking for a... read more

You Get Better At What You Practice

This is one of the fundamentals of neuroplasticity. If we practice many hours of piano, chances are with time we will get better at that complex skill. If we practice many hours of piano while sitting in a slouched position…chances are we will get better at that too. Replace the piano by a computer keyboard, and the effects will be the same…the skill now has become “typing on a keyboard with bad posture.” With time passing, we will have developed that skill so well that the bad posture will be integrated in our body. The obvious signs will show when you try to move too far from that practice. Touching the toes becomes uncomfortable or impossible, Arching the spine, or activating deep abdominal muscles is not in your memory anymore. Time to get back to the fundamentals… “You get better at what you practice” Introduce enough amount of a healthy practice to counter the inevitable time spent behind a computer (or TV, or…).     “We do not stop exercising because we grow old – we grow old because we stop exercising” – Kenneth Cooper We use our approach in neuroscience combined with Gyrotonic® to help people improve mobility. Book a free session with me here. Miguel... read more

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