One dimensional views of the spines vertebrae
Vertebrae & the Spine
The spines vertebrae connects the skeletons head, chest and pelvis, distributes the weight of the skeletons upper body through the pelvis to the legs and protects the spinal cord and nerves.
Dare I write the natural 3 and 4 dimensional S shape of a healthy spine has 4 curves and is made up of 24 independently moving vertebrae and 9 fused vertebrae. The 3 and 4 dimensional flexibility and stability of the vertebrae is created by muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue that acts as a shock absorber to increase easy and pain free movement.
The motion and rotation of the vertebrae can be spontaneously motivated by a shift of skeletal movement of areas of the head, ribs, shoulders, arms, pelvis, legs and feet. By increasing a spontaneous fluid motion through this core skeletal system it improves balance and general overall health; physically, emotionally and mentally.
This core system of articulating, sensing and cultivating awareness of each unique pattern of movement describes the focus point of somatic learning in Feldenkrais. Read more about Feldenkrais below
Those who created the anatomy learning standards had a dominant left-brain approach using a 1 or 2 dimensional focus when they separated the vertebrae into smaller sized chunks to compartmentalize them for easier scientific study and micro management. These four parts of the spine are labelled; Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar and Sacral.
- Cervical spinal cord & nerve functions
- Thoracic spinal cord & nerve functions
- Lumbar spinal cord and nerve functions
2 direct ways to influence vertebrae and spinal functions
1. Feldenkrais & the Spine
The patterns of micro-movement in Feldenkrais increase available movement and are intended for participants to begin observing the activity of how each body part participates in the focused pattern of movement. Whilst observing the patterns one is creating another intention is to increase felt awareness of each movement.
Here are some examples of symptoms and diagnosed conditions that have been eased through learning some of the somatic movements of Feldenkrais:
- Anxiety, depression & mood disorders
- Carpal Tunnel
- Chronic Pain
- Eating Disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle Tension
- Muscle Pain
- Nerve Pain
- and more………
It’s not a philosophy & there is no guru
The focus is upon a natural learning system & developmental building blocks that may have been interrupted through one’s lifetime
The wonderful integration focus of micro-movements in this somatic system of learning stimulates confidence and inner-strength. It’s singularly focus is upon activating one’s learning awareness within themselves that increases a more complete and natural system of support. In many students these patterns of micro movements has reduced the conditions and attachment to any diagnosis they have had. It appears that changing movement patterns can decrease years of habits and reaction contributing to the diagnosis.
Feldenkrais is a self-focused learning system uniquely designed to increase ones abilities to function in the world.
2. eating for Spinal Cord & Nerve Functions
Cultivating awareness of the nutritional needs for the vertebrae and all it’s functioning parts can create direct actions towards improving the conditions one’s experiencing. Focusing upon an eating plan that feeds all ones moving parts can be an effective lifestyle change not only physically but emotionally and mentally. Retrain your brain through eating and growing appreciation for the actual function it is feeding.
The only way to change is action
1st Level – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
2nd Level – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
3rd Level – Integration (Embodiment)
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Feldenkrais® Method Research
Patients with Fibromyalgia moved more easily, efficiently and with less effort after learning to reorganize the biomechanics of their movements during 15 weeks of Feldenkrais sessions and classes. Immediately following, and six months after completion of the class, improvements in balance, posture and gait were reported. Also reported were reduced pain, increased sleep and reduction in fatigue.
Dean, J. R., Yuen, S. A. & Barrows, SA. “Effects of a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Sequence on Fibromyalgia Patients”.
Kendall, S. A. Ekselius, L. Gerdle, B., Soren, B., Bengtsson, A. Feldenkrais intervention in fibromyalgia patients: a pilot study. J. Musculoskeletal Pain. 9(4):25-35, 2001.
Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method®, Functional Integration®, and Awareness Through Movement®, are Servicemarks of The Feldenkrais Guild®
- muscles in the neck run up into the lower jaw
- tight neck, neck muscle cramps, and neck muscle strains can cause jaw pain
- problems with the jaw can cause neck pain
There are many reasons why jaw, shoulder and neck muscles and nerves one can antagonize the other:
- The jaw muscles are controlled primary by the trigeminal nerve (C5) – Pressure on this nerve through the spine, muscle cramps, or inflammation can lead to poor functioning of the jaw.
- Abnormal posture. The major muscles that hold up the head are in the neck and jaw. These are assisted by smaller muscles at the top of the spine. Fatigue of these smaller muscles places greater strain on the neck and jaw causing the neck to hyper-extend. The cause of most neck and jaw pain is the trapeze muscle which extends from the head to the shoulders.
- Stress also causes the muscles in the neck to tighten, which can lead to many types of neck pain and jaw pain itself.
- Fibromyalgia – Head together with the neck positioning creates chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction.
- Whiplash – the disc in the jaw joint being pushed out-of-place, leading to severe neck pain and jaw pain.
- Temporamandibular Joint Syndrome – Nerve inflammation and structural abnormalities. Headache, shoulder pain, right-sided or left neck pain.
Nerves connect the muscles of the face, jaw and neck to the cervical spine. If these muscles are tense pain can be felt in the face, neck and ears.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – shoulder, jaw, and neck pain with sinus infections on one side. Compression of neurovascular structures may lead to tense muscles and referred pain throughout the head and neck.
- Muscular and Nerve Issues – Temporamandibular Jaw problems and anterior repositioning
- Nodes, Salivary Glands, and Dental Problems and Lymph Glands – grinding teeth abscess, infection
Jaw and neck pain can be both acute and chronic and result from trauma or slowly with structural issues
Support healthy jaw function and break free from pain by cultivating awareness and experiencing:
- Primary Movements of the Jaw
- Shoulder, Neck and Jaw Connections
- Head and Jaw Integration
- Eyes and Jaw Integration
- Cheek and Tongue Integration
Empathy from cultivating awareness from the inside out
The intent of this article is in the context of how communication and movement can support the decrease of anxiety, stress & fear.
- InTouch Communication: Values & Empathy integration in communication for transforming disconnection into connection
- Feldenkrais Movement: calming one’s nervous system.
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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015