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THE OVERWORKED COAT HANGER OF LIFE
Can we help reduce tension and over use of our neck and shoulder muscles? YES we can.
The Coat Hanger of Life - what the heck is that?
Picture a coat hanger and place your top of your shoulders at the base allowing your neck and head to be as central to the pyramid of the hanger. The hook is the crown of the head - the pinnacle.
You've sat down in front of your PC your R hand or L is placed on the mouse. What pattern of movement did you feel as you started to work - did you remain in your Coat Hanger or did you feel 'movement' beneath your coat hanger. Perhaps you consciously sat taller allowed the spine and shoulder girdle to take responsibility for moving that arm and hand to your mouse. Ten minutes in, perhaps your spine has dropped, your coat hanger has buckled along its base, your neck has shortened and you are no longer in touch with hook of the hanger.
We cannot maintain perfect posture 24/7 but each time we forget what is beneath the coat hanger ie our marvellous spines and our beautiful shoulder blades, we become sagging puppets suspended precariously by the hook of the Coat Hanger of Life.
Judith will help you to 'talk' to your posture, and give you some tips to help you take heed of how you are sitting and standing and moving during your day.
Don't let your daily actions distort your Coat Hanger of Life!
HOW TO MAINTAIN GOOD BALANCE
This explores the reasons for the deterioration of balance with age and considers is it strength or is part of it our brain to muscle communication?
A number of changes that come with ageing can affect our balance.
- Inside our ears is a balance centre called the vestibular system that detects where our body is in space. Are we upright or lying flat; are we standing on our feet or performing a handstand?
The vestibular system is connected to centres in the brain that also control our balance. When the vestibular system and brain determine that we’re about to fall over, the brain directs the body to take corrective action. Maybe we twist back upright so we don’t fall. Maybe we’re too far off centre to avoid falling, so our arms and hands stretch out to brace our fall.
As we age, cells in the vestibular system die off. This affects how accurately we detect our position in space. That, in turn, affects our ability to correct our position. For example, if we start to tilt to the right and the vestibular system doesn’t detect this quickly, it becomes harder for the brain to prevent falling to the right.
- Our sight, the ability to focus and see things clearly, diminishes with age. So do depth perception, night vision and sensitivity to contrast. Eye problems can impair, blur or distort vision. The loss of these visual cues compromises balance. Corrective lenses or surgery may help.
- Blood pressure can dip suddenly when you stand up, causing dizziness, light headedness, blurry vision, even fainting. Standing up slowly — sitting first on the side of the bed when you rise, for example — may help.
- We lose a lot of muscle mass and strength as we age. We also lose power — a function of strength and speed — which affects balance, too. If you start to trip, power helps you react swiftly. Exercise can help you rebuild strength and power, or at least slow the pace of decline.
- Our reflexes and coordination slow with age. Thus, you may be more likely to stumble — and take more time to react when you do.
DON'T DESPAIR! There are many ways of helping ourselves. Judith will bring some ideas to discuss with you, and some practical ideas.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE with SOFT BALLS
Myofascial release is a type of physical therapy often used to treat myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in your myofascial tissues. These tissues surround and support the muscles throughout your body.
What are the Causes of Myofascial Pain Syndrome: Sensitive areas of tight muscle fibres can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse. These sensitive areas are called trigger points. A trigger point in a muscle can cause strain and pain throughout the muscle. When this pain persists and worsens, doctors call it myofascial pain syndrome.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
The SOFT BALLS will be worked on both your BACK and FRONT including the PERIFERALS.