• Brent Gilpin

Change your movement driver

Today in clinic I took things back to basics to help my patient guide change in movement.

Often when trying to change movement effort is used too much to force something to move, this can often create more resistance and protection if the nervous system is not ready to receive this information (protective mechanisms).

In order to change rotation (twisting the whole body to one side) the movement was being driven by the pelvis and getting stuck, this wasn't allowing a smooth interaction of the ribcage to the pelvis.

This can be connected from motion through the foot, leg, pelvis ribcage or even the skull, we found some benefits changing input from the foot, however when we lead the movement from the top down that's where the magic happened.

Full movement, no pain no resistance.

To take this a little deeper we looked into why the top may have been so influential, we found some old visual issues from head injury.

To take it up a notch the movement was lead via eyes, looking to the side allowing the head to follow, to the ribcage, to the pelvis, to the leg and to the foot.

The fun was in the investigation, but this was found through feeling, paying attention to what moves and where spaces are filled and created. Add a little history as to why protection is there and boom - an opportunity for significant change.

Best part is homework was simple - replicate the top down rotation movement, gentle feeling the interactions and allowing the body to progress safely.

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