Tag: Neil Poulton

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

Describing Movement

What we are doing here is building the movement picture. How do you get someone to do the movement you want? What cues do you use to make sure that the desired outcome is subconsciously driven? There must be a million ways to do it and in time you will find the way that works

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

Back in Action

It’s been a while since I last wrote something! It’s really difficult to find the time and energy sometimes. For the last 3 months I have been working for the WRU as lead physio for the Wales Women. Obviously, this makes life particularly busy on top of regular clinic work, so writing tends to take

5 Ways to Increase Dorsiflexion

Happy New Year Everyone. Having had a couple of weeks off writing I decided to start the New Year off with a BANG…so here is the most popular post I’ve ever written!!!! Hope you enjoy it 🙂 So here are 5 ideas that I use in my clinic every day: Sub-talar mobs There are many

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

Fryette’s Laws

I was recently discussing strategies for a Parkinsons patient with a friend and we started discussing Fryette’s laws. These are a set of three laws that describe the movements of the spine. Laws I and II are for the lumbar and thoracic spine and state that when the spine is in ‘neutral’ that side bending

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