Blog, Proprioception

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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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

Blog, Dentistry

Weakness with very small amalgam

This is from the “leave no stone unturned” department. This young man loved to work out but his heavy lifting always damaged his back. That went on for months until I discovered that one, tiny amalgam filling was actually causing his weakness. He went on to make a full recovery once that amalgam was removed.

Tiny Amalgam

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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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