Category: Principles of Function

How Muscles Work!

I wanted to follow up on the rehab process we've been building the last few weeks, but perhaps take it away from the foot directly. So today we will have a look at a bit of the process behind the rehab and look at how muscles work and how to use this knowledge in your

Joint Relationships

When teaching the Physioblogger CPD course it is always really good to get through all of the principles of function and how we apply those in functional assessment and treatment.  One of the ones we talk about is ‘joint relationships’.  It seems obvious to say that joints are in a relationship with each other, but

Bones Move

When you are looking at the analysis of any movement pattern, the common starting point of looking at what the joints are doing that's where I used to start. However, if you want to get a deeper understanding of movement you need to take a few steps back. Here are the steps I see as

Subconsciously Driven Movement

One of my favourite subjects ever!! When you think about this is makes so much sense. I’ve mentioned the gap between exercise and function i.e. if they want to get back to football after a knee injury, they need to do more than knee extensions and hamstring curls. That’s an extreme example, so most will

5 Ways a Joint can Move

If there is one thing to learn on this blog that will help you assess and treat someone, it’s probably this. So simple, but SO important!! Learning that there are 5 ways a joint could move was as profound a thing as I’ve ever heard and something I hadn’t heard up to that point…and I

Working Out How a Joint Moves

We got stuck into some complex stuff last week, looking at Fryettes laws. So today I thought it would be nice to look behind some of the complexity at the underpinnings…how do you name a joint movement and how do you work out what is going on at a joint? It’s interesting that most of

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

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

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

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