Scoliosis…Strategies for Success

When taking a patient history how often do you hear ‘I’ve been told I have a scoliosis’? I hear it a lot! I’d say most of the time (maybe 90%) there is no scoliosis. However, a recent patient had a true structural scoliosis, not too bad, but still…had to get my head in scoliosis mode

3 Dimensional Movement

This is so important! It’s easy to forget too, I catch myself falling into old habits and just doing sagittal lunges or something like that. It’s a little frustrating, because it’s no harder to teach the 3D variations! So what does it mean to use 3 Dimensional exercises? Well, I guess to me it means

3 Steps to a Functional Foot Assessment

A functional foot assessment is something you could write a book on, so this is a quick hitter of strategies to narrow the focus a little for this blog post. So I think I’ll focus on what I do the first time I see a patient, what do I do to get an idea about

Movement is Driven

This is a key concept in the change of mindset between the traditional view of anatomy and movement. Instead of using muscles to create movement, ‘the quads extend the knee’ etc. Like most, when I was a personal trainer and at Uni I learned all the muscles and the joint movements they create when the

Quick Case Study: Thoracic Spine

This is a quick case study of how to use type I and type II thoracic motion to help increase Thoracic Mobility Before 15 Year old male, more of a movement dysfunction problem than pain. I watched him squat and recorded it on the kinesio Capture app (now called Spark Motion)…take a look… You can

Mass and Momentum

Following on from the post last week about Gravity and Ground Reaction Force, I wanted to add another force that our bodies manipulate to create movement magic! Of the 3, mass and momentum (M&M) probably has the greatest use for us as therapists. I think part of the reason for this is that there is

Thoracic Spine Exercise Progressions

Last week we talked about stubborn thoracic spines. I had a question asking for video to help the understanding, which will definitely help since movement is hard to describe in writing. In this video, I talk way faster than necessary (sorry about that!), but I go through type I and type II thoracic motion using

Gravity and Ground Reaction Force

I don’t remember these two being mentioned prior to my studies with John Hardy, Gary Gray and Dr David Tiberio. They are the ones who introduced this way of thinking to me and I don’t know why, but I knew it was a game changer! It wasn’t just this principle that changed things, but the

Understanding Movement

I love learning and I loved my degrees in Sports Science and Physiotherapy. I guess I was ultimately more inspired by my physio degree, which led me to do post grad studying in human movement. It was while exploring this fascinating subject that I started writing and teaching about movement. I’ve always felt that movement

Thoracic Mobility

There’s no doubt in my mind that the thoracic spine can be one of the more stubborn areas of the body. It’s so common to see a lack of mobility through the thoracic. It has a decent knock on effect elsewhere, lumbar spine, shoulders, neck, etc. That means that it can be a great place