At the Movement Assessment Technologies we believe the foot is the switch that turns the rest of the body on in upright function. Without great feet, it can make it difficult for anything else up the chain to do its job as effectively.
For most of us though we cover our feet for the majority of the day in sensory inhibitors called shoes. Combined with hip inhibitors called chairs it may be an environment that can lead to an array of dysfunctions and pathologies.
Make sure you consider the feet when you are dealing with any lower limb or spinal pain patient or client.
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At the Movement Assessment Technologies we are big believers in assessing movement AS A WHOLE. As we can see from this picture often our anatomy is directly connected to the surrounding areas.
For example is that patients left sided Fasciitis just related to a tight Plantar Fascia or is it a result of decreased ankle dorsiflexion combined with reduced balance and motor control of the left limb and reduced spinal rotation to the left?
If you had a M.A.T (Movement Assessment Tool) you would be able to determine the answer by putting a number on all of these movements to calculate the injury risk and track progression of these movements against measurable baselines.
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Knowing what to do after you tear your Anterior Cruciate Ligament can be very daunting and confusing. Injuries like this can end a sporting career if the right program and strategy is not implemented immediately.
So where do you start? How hard do you push it? What muscles should you focus on?
Using tools like the M.A.T to gather baseline movement data is an important first step to understanding how to get the best results in rehabilitation!
This article explores each of the movement risks and provide some great examples of exactly where to start with a rehab program that addresses the cause.
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At the Movement Assessment Technologies we encounter people all the time who are working on their FLEXIBILITY without enhancing their MOBILITY.
FLEXIBILITY: To bend without breaking - passive concept.
MOBILITY: The ability to move or be moved freely and easily - active concept.
We should hope that we never get close to our true potential for FLEXIBILITY as this is often where injury occurs and is often limited by our potential for MOBILITY. So are all those hamstrings stretches really enhancing your MOBILITY?
Potential for MOBILITY requires the development of movement CAPACITY (strength, power, stamina etc) COMPETENCY (movement skill and efficiency) VARIABILITY (tolerance for different angles, speeds, distances), all things we teach as part of the Movement Assessment Technologies Functional Treatment + Training course.
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At the Movement Assessment Technologies we often believe Load may be one of the most important variables when dealing with our patients and clients.
It does so many marvellous things!
- Provides adaptive stimulus to tissues to make things bigger and stronger.
- Acts as artificial increase in gravity to challenge/assist motor control.
- Helps to build a buffer zone for movement efficiency without load.
- Cant help to develop confidence in what actions are tolerable.
The Movement Assessment Technologies Functional Treatment + Training course looks at ways to utilise load in the rehabilitation and development of an individuals movement function.
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At the Movement Assessment Technologies we are big believers that the knee joint is actually pretty dumb. The reason for this is that it's actually a simple joint often caught between what happens above (hip, spine) and below (foot, ankle).
So while pain can present around the knee often the fault of the problem can be found elsewhere meaning that the knee has to do more or perform a role that it's not designed to do, resulting in acute or repetitive pain.
Remember when assessing your knee pain clients or patients to take into account what's happening above and below rather than just treating the symptoms of the knee area.
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At the Movement Assessment Technologies we have always been big believers in assessing and training the body in 3 planes of motion. The importance of this is particularly revealed when we look at the structure of the lower limbs and their transverse nature.
For example, the Gastrocnemius is a muscle commonly only stretched and trained in the Sagittal plane of motion but its insertion into the calcaneus is not evenly distributed in the frontal and transverse plane to allow for more effective loading of the lower shank through the subtalar joint.
Effective stretching and strengthening programs should take into account this frontal and transverse plane nature.
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Came across this picture and thought it was a nice analogy for your patients and clients during their recovery particularly from chronic pain and pathology.
As we know pain is a multifactorial output based on our perceived threat to the system, both conscious and subconscious. What this means is that depending on these factors there can be peaks and troughs (like a Toblerone) in the pain experience, particularly in chronic pain cases where neuroplastic change and central sensitisation has occurred.
It's our recommendation that you have many Toblerones on hand when dealing with chronic pain patients, not only because they are delicious, but also because they are a useful clinical tool for explaining the patho-neuro-physiology of pain.
This picture comparing sedentary to active elderly subjects is an oldie but a goodie. It reinforces one of our core beliefs at the Functional Movement Group that activity and movement to stimulate tissue adaptation is important for everyone at every age. While this is something that trainers and conditioning coaches do very well, unfortunately as therapists we can often neglect our ability to load the system adequately to facilitate change.
Increasing lean muscle mass usually increases our capacity for movement (strength, stamina, power etc) and is an important fundamental for allowing us to do the things we want to do and to minimise our risk of movement failure and injury. The key then is understanding where an individual is at to develop an effective program to take them from where they are to where they want to be.
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At the Movement Assessment Technologies we always assess movement function top to toe, especially the big toe.
Often as health and fitness professionals, we neglect the importance of proper foot and toe function. These are areas hidden away in our shoes that just provide something for us to stand on.
The foot itself is similar in structure and just as complicated as our hands. We spend the majority of our day covering them in rigid, sensory deprivation chambers called shoes which could be comparative to wearing mittens on your hands. Ask yourself how dexterous your hands would be in this scenario. It makes sense then that feet can be such a common location for dysfunction.
This is particularly true for the big toe which doesn't receive the adequate extension stress it needs to perform its job as the driver of the foot's windlass mechanism and act efficiently as the last part of the body to touch the ground in walking.
If you have a patient or client who...