Mindful Movement


“the brain does not know muscles, only movements.” Charles Beevor (1903)

Back pain reduces the ability of the body to accurately control movement and position of the back. As a result, pain provoking movement and positions are frequently repeated without awareness. Sitting in flexion is often painful with a Flexion impairment condition and individuals are often unaware of the back being held in a position of flexion that results in increasing symptoms.

Mindful movement can be used to improve both movement awareness and position awareness.

Understanding how, why and where to move is fundamental to the Back-in-Rehab Programme. Feeling how to move with control and awareness helps build mindfulness with movement.

 

Simple animation showing flexion and extension in standing, synchronised with changing position in a Movement Circle

Flexion and Extension in Standing

Simple animation showing rotation of the pelvis in standing, synchronised with changing position in a Movement Circle

Rotation of the Pelvis in Standing

 

Simple animation showing flexion and extension in standing, synchronised with changing position in a Movement Circle

Lateral movement of the Spine

Simple animation showing pelvis movement causing lateral movement of the spine in standing, synchronised with changing position in a Movement Circle

Hip Hitching and Dropping

 

Movement Maps have been developed to enhance the awareness of movement.

Movement Maps provide clarity in how to move and exercise.

  • Normal mobility (flexibility) varies with each individual and Movement Maps represent the normal range of mobility when symptom free.
  • The range of movement and direction of movement is easier to visualise with the four Movement Zones
  • Discomfort, pain or Movement impairment is shown as grey areas within Movement Circles.
  • White regions indicate areas of movement and position that are symptom free.
  • Impairment Patterns can be identified and used to explain why symptoms change with specific activities.