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Reflex Reactions

If our sense of the outside world comes from our senses, our reactions to the outside world are controlled by our reflexes.

When we think of reflexes we typically think of an unexpected reaction to an outside stimulus. We might duck in response to a loud sound, dodge if we see something coming towards us, retract if we touch something hot or pull away if we stand on something sharp.

All of these “reflex” reactions occur when muscles contract in response to an external stimulus.

The reality is that outside forces are stimulating our muscles every time we move, run, jump, walk, throw, catch, get out of bed or hold our head up and our reflexes are governing our reaction to those forces. Reflexes are ultimately responsible for the action of our muscles and so govern the way we move. Continue reading

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Reciprocal Inhibition

The Law of Reciprocal Inhibition says that when one muscle is facilitated, it’s opposite is inhibited (relatively inhibited). So if we find a hypertonic muscle, it follows that there must be an inhibition of the antagonist – but I never found it – until recently. Turns out it was there all along, we were just not using the right tests. Watch these two new videos and find out how to confirm hypertonicity. Just one of the extraordinary shortcuts I will be teaching in the NEW Masterclasses starting January 2014.

pec major test

Hypertonic

 

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The Myotatic Reflex

The Myotatic Reflex (sometimes myotactic reflex) is probably our body’s most unrecognised and unappreciated defence mechanism. Forget about the immune system. When it comes to making it safely through the day, nothing comes close to the myotatic reflex.

Imagine that a muscle is able to constantly monitor its own length and tension no matter what its length, and is able to respond the instant its length or tension changes. Without the myotatic reflex, controlled movement would be impossible. Continue reading

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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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