Motor control is the process by which humans (and animals) use their brain to activate and coordinate their muscles and limbs. When the brain, nervous system, and muscles work together you perform a motor skill. To put it another way, our brain controls our posture and movements; it is the motor that drives and coordinates our movement. Ideally, in the body, the muscles that stabilise the joints work in balance with the muscles that move the joints. This produces smooth and efficient movement and minimal wear and tear on the joints. And, as a result, less likelihood of pain. You could say that you have good motor control. But when we have muscle imbalances, we can develop poor movement patterns that become poor movement habits. And this can cause pain. Put simply, sometimes some of our muscles don’t work enough and other muscles are overactive. Our hip flexors and our glutes are great examples. Sitting on our bottoms all day in this example, encourages short/ tight psoas muscles and weak, ineffectual gluteals. Muscle imbalances like these are often associated with our increasingly sedentary lifestyles. These imbalanced muscles will continue to work inefficiently and often painfully until we retrain the brain.