Practical Science on Movement and Pain

Category Archives: proprioception

Developmental Movements: Part Two

In the previous post I pointed out that the developmental movement patterns learned in infancy are building blocks for the more complex movements that we use in our daily lives as adults. These simple patterns are combined to form sophisticated movements, just as words and letters are combined to make sentences. One implication of this… Read More

Watch Your Back: Mirrors Reduce Back Pain

I just read an interesting paper from Lorimer Moseley‘s group about how looking at your back in the mirror can reduce back pain. The paper describes a simple study where people with back pain were asked to make numerous repetitive provocative movements of the low back under two conditions: one group was able to see their… Read More

Review of Paul Hodges talk on Motor Control, Part One

This is part one of my review* of Paul Hodges’ talk at the conference on pain and motor control that he did with Lorimer Moseley in Portland in October 2012. You can read my review of Lorimer’s talk here. Professor Transversus Abdominis Hodges is a professor of physiotherapy and neuroscience at the University of Queensland… Read More

Patellar Taping Changes Brain Activity

A study just came out which relates to a previous post I did on kinesiotaping, so I decided to write up a quick summary. Patellar taping is a common treatment for patellofemoral pain, but the mechanism of action remains unclear. There is some debate about whether the method works due to mechanical effects on patellar… Read More

Two Ways to Hack Your Jumping Software

In the Feldenkrais movement class I was teaching the other night I had an interesting discussion with a student who is a parkour instructor at Seattle’s Parkour Visions gym. One of the fundamental skills in parkour is jumping with power and landing jumps safely. The instructor was relating some of the ways he teaches these… Read More

The Monday Effect, or Why Your Massage Lasted Only Two Days

Every other day of the week is fine. Yeah Here’s a common frustration for therapists of all kinds (and their clients.) After a session, whether it’s massage, chiropractic, a Feldenkrais movement lesson, Rolfing, osteopathy, whatever, the client feels great, as if there has been a major progress. Pain is reduced, coordination improves, movement feels easier,… Read More

Strategies to Reduce Chronic Pain, Part Two

No gain? In a previous post I discussed some basic strategies to reduce chronic pain, based on what we know about pain science.  As discussed here, chronic pain is sometimes not so much a problem with actual ongoing physical damage to the body, but instead due to overactivity in the pain alarm system itself.  Here… Read More

Strategies to Reduce Chronic Pain, Part One

Image via Wikipedia In the previous post I discussed the fact that chronic pain is sometimes not so much a problem with actual ongoing physical damage to the body, but instead due to issues with the way the central nervous system processes pain.  In other words, the pain alarm system is just going off too… Read More

How to Improve Proprioception

What exactly is proprioception? You could call it body sense or kinesthetic awareness – it is the brain’s ability to sense the relative positions and movements of the different body parts. Because of proprioception, you know exactly where your hand is in space as you move it around, even though your eyes are closed. All… Read More

Sensory Motor Amnesia

Sensory Motor Amnesia (“SMA”) is a great term coined by Thomas Hanna, the inventor of Somatics. SMA describes inefficient patterns of muscular activation that are so habitual you can’t sense or control them. For example, you might have simply forgotten how to relax areas such as the neck, low back and shoulders, or how to… Read More