18 Jun Neuromuscular Retraining
The neuromuscular system is trained in relation to each body part and particular physical movement.
How is this relevant to you? Are trying to change your posture or retrain your movement or gait after an injury? The way in which your brain adapts is relevant. At Physio Yoga Clinic in Crows Nest we retrain your muscular system for better posture and function. I will explain how it works…
When a muscle is used more, the part of the brain that represents that muscle grows larger and the neurons that are used in the process develop a stronger connection. They switch on faster and more easily. This is the basis for part of “neuromsucular retraining” (nerve to muscle training). Changes can be made very quickly with “focused practice”, but it takes motivation and commitment.
The necessary ingredients for retraining the brain and body are;
- 1) concentration/ focus (don’t watch TV while doing these exercises!)
- 2) motivation and determination
- 3) repetition
- 4) positive reinforcement (give yourself a pat on the back and reward your achievements)
Relation to Physio?
When a muscle has been tense for an extended period of time, or a physical habit has developed, the area of the brain devoted to that muscular region becomes large and the associated nerve pathway becomes well established. In order to train a new movement, it is necessary to detrain the overactive muscle and retrain the under-active muscle. To stop using a muscle in the ‘de-training’ process, muscle meditation is a useful tool. It is not only massage that corrects tight muscles, but this process of unlearning helps relax a muscle.
Muscle Meditation is a technique where we focus intently on a particular muscle by touching it lightly and concentrating on melting or ‘releasing’ it.
Retraining the brain for muscular control
Focus on connecting the two ends of a muscle you are trying to use to stabilize an area of your body. For example gluteus medius controls the hip moving forward in relation to the pelvis. It also limits the hip rolling in excessively as we walk. The line of connection is from the bump on the outside of the hip to the sacroiliac joint.