Rodney McBride
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Coupled Motion











Coupled Motion

In my blogs Another Look at the Spine (see October 6th) and Another Look at the Spine 2 (see October 20th) I talked about the Lovett Reactor function in the spine and possible nutritional dilemmas also related to Lovett Reactor. 

I want to continue on this topic of spinal movement and talk about another finite operation of the vertebrae known as coupled motion. 

I mentioned already how the vertebrae can rotate independently of each other. These finite motions allow gross movements of the spine to happen such as in flexion (bending forward), extension (bending backward), rotation, lateral flexion (bending to the side) and gate. 

I will use the gross action of lateral flexion to show how coupled motion works. 

Coupled motion is when two processes of the vertebrae take place at the same time. In lateral flexion you bend to one side which is one act and the vertebrae also rotate right or left depending on their location in the spine which is the second act. 

If you bend your neck to the right all the cervical vertebrae also rotate to the right. If you bend your neck to the left all the cervical vertebrae also rotate to the left.  If you bend your low back to the right all the lumbar vertebrae rotate to the left. If you bend your low back to the left all the lumbar vertebrae rotate to the right.

All the vertebrae C1 to T5 function like the cervical example and all the vertebrae T6 to L5 function like the lumbar example. 

In order to side bend the vertebrae half to rotate out of the way. Its as simple as that. The same goes for bending forward and bending backward which I will elaborate on in the next blog.  

When doing bodywork I always check for and correct hypertonic joint capsules and ligaments along the entire length of the spine so that coupled motion, Lovett Reactor and nutritional issues are not left dysfunctional. 

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