I don’t hate many things, but I truly, deeply hate the term “bracing”! What is a brace- something you strap on to give your muscles a rest and provide stiffness and support from the outside in. If we talk about reactive muscle bracing- it is a neurological protective rigidity around an injury or inflammation- think muscle spasms around a back or knee injury, or abdominal bracing with appendicitis. Now if you are going to lift something very heavy for a few seconds- bracing would be appropriate, but not so for most daily activities and sports. I work with dancers and beach volleyball players- we want stability with mobility in every direction!
Just having a bit of fun messing around this morning as I start to come back into my body after two weeks of illness (feeling distinctly weedy): have done a bit of rolling, crawling, balance and yoga, and then this little symmetry check, which quickly picks up any hip and spine restrictions, introduces a rhythmic stimulus which reboots my nervous system with a nice pop of sensory input, and reminds my body that it can effortlessly cope with variable movement with its equilibrium responses. My trunk muscles have woken up and said hello. ———————————————————- I also do this as a check before horse riding to ensure that I am not holding stiffness in one side that will affect the horse’s movement. Sometimes I use it before running, especially if I have been on the computer for a while. It loosens up my hips nicely and focuses my central balance point.————————————-. —if you are working with anyone who has had a back injury, this type of activity can be used to restore their confidence in handling perturbation, although you would start with both feet on the floor. If they just think that control is keeping their back still, they will never truly recover. Life is not a flat straight road, after all! #backrehab #movementismedicine #happymovement #riderfitness
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