Neck, Back and Joint Pain

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Less spine-related pain starts with your Posture

Your posture holds you up against the force of gravity and is the result of how the brain controls postural muscles, these are central/midline, known as the core or axial muscles. All movements begin with the midline axial muscles. It is easy to expand the idea that if my midline axial muscles are not maintaining my posture effectively, efficiently and economically for movement and standing or sitting, I will be working harder, at more risk of aggravating a Disc, Spinal joint, or the paraspinal muscles.


The diagram on the right outlines the sensorimotor control of postural muscles

  1. Spine(proprioception-body position sense)
  2. The Visual system(where you are in your surroundings)
  3. The Vestibular system(how your body is positioned relative to gravity)

This is all wonderful to know, however, what use is this?

It starts with receptors that create the impression of our environment.  The sensation of light, touch, pressure, balance, vision, proprioception are created in our heads.

From there we can respond, make plans to move, walk, run, write, drive a car, play with our kids, get out of a chair…..

Cortical smudging is the consequence of poor integration of incorrectly weighted sensory receptor systems. 

Neck Pain, Whiplash Concussion

The diagram below shows the brain areas involved to perform a simple task.  https://www.jospt.org/doi/pdf/10.2519/jospt.2019.8489

The neuroplastic responses to pain can develop into a persistent movement pattern that becomes detrimental.

“Furthermore, the hypothesis suggests that motor control exercises should be aimed at increasing admittance, inhibition of superficial muscles and stimulation of deep muscles, training of proprioception, or instilling confidence in the ability to control lumbar motion.

https://research.vu.nl/ws/portalfiles/portal/47585436/Dieen_ESSR_2017.pdf