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The Magnet Reaction in Bodywork








The Magnet Reaction in Bodywork

In my blog The Magnet Reaction in Strength Training (see March 10th) I talked about how the magnet reaction is a natural reflex located on the outside and inside portions on the bottom of both feet and how it can be used along with the positive support reaction to increase your strength in standing exercises at the gym. And just like the positive support reaction the magnet reaction can be corrected when dysfunctional using bodywork. 

Remember that all reflexes in the body have predictable results. And if the outcome you are expecting does not happen after challenging the reflex you now know that you have a dysfunction. Dysfunctions can be structural, nutritional, emotional and electrical in quality. We are specifically looking at structural issues in regards to this blog but all causes should be considered during the evaluation. 

You can test the functionality of the outside magnet reaction by manually moving the bones (outside edge) midway up the foot in various directions. This vector challenge is similar to distributing more weight to the outside of the foot in weight bearing/standing. The abductor muscles on the outside of the hip should facilitate (turn on) and the adductor muscles on the inside of the leg should inhibit (turn off) when muscle tested. 

You can test the functionality of the inside magnet reaction by manually moving the bones (inside edge) midway up the foot in various directions. This vector challenge is similar to distributing more weight to the inside of the foot in weight bearing/standing. The adductor muscles on the inside of the leg should facilitate (turn on) and abductor muscles on the outside of the hip should inhibit (turn off) when muscle tested.

If after testing both of these challenges and the muscles that should turn on and turn off do you have a functional reflex. If after testing both of these challenges and the muscles that should turn on and turn off don't you now have a dysfunctional reflex. 

Like the positive support reaction most structural dysfunctions of this reflex are due to subluxations (misalignment) of the bones and/or improper proprioception (nerve communication) in the foot. Improper proprioception would be malfunctioning of the muscles and ligaments.

If subluxations of the bones do exist you can opt for a chiropractic adjustment. I use joint mobilization (moving the individual bones against each other) to fix the subluxations and Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex (PDTR) to correct the proprioception. Rechallenge and retest and you're done. Sometimes secondary problems such as nutritional and/or emotional issues still exist and would now also be corrected. 

I can't express how important these two reflexes are to proper function of the foot. I will not let a client walk out the door until I know these reflexes are functioning properly along with other segments of the feet.
(moving the individual bones against each other)

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