Back pain ? Joint pain ? Chronic pain? Have you practiced the Feldenkrais method to relieve your tensions, regain your flexibility, your seat, your tone, your dynamism?
What is the purpose of the Feldenkrais method?
The Feldenkrais method focuses on the relative mobility between different segments of the body and uses some simple self-education strategies to improve this mobility. It is used by people with pain or motor dysfunction, but also by people who want to better use their body.
With exercises conducted freely or induced by the manipulations of the practitioner, the method would:
- Improve flexibility and mobility (neck, shoulders, back, hips, legs)
- Develop a better sensory perception (ability to listen to oneself in relation to the environment)
- Reduce pain and discomfort caused by neuromuscular problems
- Increase the efficiency of movements
Participants report clear changes in posture (both physical and mental), balance, mobility, flexibility, stability, coordination as well as improved energy, improved thinking, learning and to be creative, and a significant decrease in both punctual and chronic physical pains.
How does the Feldenkrais method work for back pain?
Back pain is often due to a lack of flexibility. Any loss of mobility in the pelvis, chest and head causes one or more blockages along the spine. In order to untie the tensions, it will be:
- To identify the blocked parts of the body (very often the joints are mobile in one direction, and not at all in others),
- To restore smooth movement (by small and slow movements),
- Restore the connection between the newly unlocked part and the pain point felt.
For example, if the pain point is at the level of the lumbar, and the lack of mobility of the pelvis is the cause, I mobilize gently and in different ways the pelvis with one hand until feeling the repercussion of these movements in my other hand resting on the painful area. When the connection is restored, the voltages loosen themselves.
What is the ideal posture to preserve the spine?
Poor postures are becoming more prevalent because of the types of work that exist today, in addition to being overloaded, sedentary, and overuse of electronic devices (such as cell phones, tablets, or computers portable).
However, it is important to pay attention to your posture anytime, anywhere. When we queue at the supermarket, when we sit in the subway, or when we watch TV in the couch. Using a posture corrective brace can be helpful to achieve a good posture.
In sitting position
The soles of the feet should be well supported on the ground, the back straight and the shoulders down and back. If you cross your legs (which is common in women), you can interrupt the blood circulation and then suffer from swelling or fatigue.
In standing up position
The knees should be a little bent, the chest open so that the abdominal muscles extend and allow us to breathe properly, and the weight spread on both legs equitably.
The neck and head must be straight, do not look at the ground because it causes neck pain. First, you have to press the heel to the ground and then the tip of the foot.
The good posture in the car is necessary for the good of the column but also for the safety. If, unfortunately, you had an impact, the risk of injury would be reduced. For this, press your back against the seat and the neck on the headrest. Adjust the seat to reach the pedals without problems and do not have to bend too much forward.