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My teachers noticed the difference


A dancer tells how her teachers noticed how much stronger she was the day after she removed her belly piercing. She told all her friends to take their piercings out and nearly all of them noticed a difference too (all except two).

If we put a “nail” through the skin, the flexor withdrawal reflex means we must facilitate some muscles to pull away from it. As the abdominals (in this case) are facilitated, the antagonists (low back extensors and rotators) will be inhibited.

Removing the inhibition allowed this young woman to dance better and got rid of her low back pain.

Belly stud in a dancer

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Belly piercing and low back weakness

Belly piercing

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The withdrawal reflex

In the last blog I showed how the myotatic reflex works to prevent our body being damaged by an outside force.

The withdrawal reflex (also known as the flexor withdrawal reflex) also exists to keep us safe.

Whenever our skin is stimulated, our muscles respond appropriately to remove us from harm’s way. Continue reading


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