Ankle strength and stability

If your ankles do not have the same range of motion or strength – will that affect your body?

Maybe there is no pain – but if you do not move and stabilise the same on each side you will compensate at your knee or at your hip or at your lower back in order to produce the action.  You will possibly not travel the hip through straight and will swing more on one side – this will create a shortening of muscles in one of your hip flexors.  Which will then effect your performance in your sport – either the power of your stride at take off or in the stability at the landing,  at any rate the balance will be affected because of the asymmetry of the action.

This will have an effect on all sports – cycling – there will be a twist in the lower back as the foot is pushed into the down stroke.

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In running as the leg travels behind the body and then through – in the image below see James in the middle his hip twists to his left and his shoulders to his right, and he is bending to the left at the waist, with an inward collapse of his knee – he is loosing energy in the movement of his body.  Merritt on the other hand is solid – his shoulders and hips are square.  His limbs are powering him forwards.

Merritt may not be quicker – because he is heavier – but he will sustain less injury and have a longevity in his sport through lack of discomfort.

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In horse riding where one is “sitting”  but one needs to be straight.

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If you see pictures of yourself crooked – it may not be due to your “tool” or your ability – it may be due to your internal/intrinsic biomechanics.  So get it checked out.

 

Green Clay Poultice – the merits?

Green Clay Poultice – the merits?

Have we gone too far in the direction of medicines and drugs – is this the right approach to take as much medication as we do.

Our body is very clever and it reacts to situations.  If we twist a joint and cause a slight injury or tear our bodies response is to send “repairing nutrients” in the form of white blood cells to the area in fluid to immobilise and start the recovery journey.  When we take medication we stop this process – we cause away the “goodies” and artificially slow the process down.  Would it be better to keep the “goodies” in the injury and removes the discomfort by poulticing the area.  Our skin is not made of plastic it is porous and so by poulticing we can remove fluid and toxins through the skin and help to speed recovery up.

Take a look at the French Clay for all site – for more info

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Donna tells her story of what she achieved after 10 months ….

Donna came to work with me about 2 years ago initially, but then life got a bit on top of her and she had a break for about 6 months.  She came back to me in Jan 2015.  Hear her incredible story in just 10 months how she has changed her life….

Emma Working on Running Techniques with Shane Benzie of Running Reborn

Screen EW 1Working with Shane Benzie last week end, from Running Reborn, on Running Techniques, looking at the active Biomechanics of running.  By logging data on movement we can see areas of weakness and we can track progress better.  Coupled with really looking and working on the Intrinsic Biomechanics we can get much better results for our clients.

For more info get in touch with Emma

Voted Biomechanics Coach of the Month

Click on Picture below to read more and watch the video clip

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Voted by the Biomechanics Education showing how Biomechanics can make a difference to peoples lives.  I have used the techniques learnt to correct the posture of many sailors, horse riders, cyclists and runners.  Plus have helped several people avoiding back surgery to overcome pain and discomfort by correcting their movement that has developed due to bad posture.

There is a video clip on the link above and a bios on the link below

http://www.biomechanicseducation.com/site/testimonials/biomechanics-coach-profiles/232-emma-westmacott-biomechanics-coach-october

What is the best way to recover tired muscles??

NATURAL HEALTH CENTRE

Cold Water Immersion – Athletic Recovery

Cold water and ice baths, otherwise known as cold water immersion or “cryotherapy,” is a popular technique among amateur and professional athletes, as it is thought to help reduce muscle inflammation and pain after exercise, as well as speed recovery time.

 

For more click here – http://www.palmahealth.com/coldwaterimmersion.html