Monthly Archives: November 2015

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Active muscle tensions in your body and what they tell us.

There are 3 distinct tension holding systems in your body that we pay close attention to every time we see you. In this blog we’ll consider the ‘active’ tension system and the role it plays in your health and wellbeing (the other major systems are known as the ‘passive’ and ‘neural’ tension systems – we’ll get to these later).

What do we mean by ‘active’ tension?

Active muscle tensions are those tensions created by active muscle contractions, particularly of the ‘prime mover’ and large postural muscles of the body. These prime movers are large muscles which span the joints of the body and are capable of generating a huge amount of force (muscles like the hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, trapezius, biceps, pecs, etc).

For this reason it’s the sort of tension most people are aware of when they feel tight or tense, and might motivate them to see us or […]

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Your spine, your brain and the function of all your cells

We thought the best place to start is with the basic anatomy of your spine and nervous system. We’ll be moving on to the impact of this complex and elegant system on your overall health and wellbeing, but first things first.

your spine

Your spine is made up of 24 separate bones (vertebrae), stacked one above the other and in all except one case separated by discs. These 24 bones are divided into 3 broad regions. The vertebrae of the neck are known as the Cervical spine, those of the chest region (which connect to ribs) make up the Thoracic spine, and below them the vertebrae of the low back make up the Lumbar spine.

The very top vertebra, C1, articulates directly with the base of your skull and the vertebra at the base of your spine, L5, connects via a disc to the central bone of the pelvis (known as the […]

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