I’ve been getting excited recently in
readiness for a big day…
December 17th 2015
Recognise the date?
Depends how much of a geek you are.
It’s the day ‘the Force Awakens’
No? still nothing?
OK it’s all about the release of the new
Star Wars movie.
And more importantly a return to the
style of the ORIGINAL movies I loved
watchin as a kid
(there was a prequel trilogy released
more recently but to be honest —- not
Now don’t get me wrong I still bought
the special Edition DVDs and watched
them back to back in one sitting and few
more times since
But they weren’t quite the real thing.
—-> I have watched original trilogy
more times than I can count.
It was the reason behind a few faked
duvet days when I was a school (don’t
tell my mum)
YES I’m even more of a GEEK than you
So now I’ve just got to think of a way
to make this email relate to FUNCTIONAL
OK here goes.
Let’s call those methods and techniques
that don’t pass the functional litmus
The Dark Side.
So you are out there in practice trying
to be the best you can possible be
You know this means focussing on
and the things that matter most
to your patients.
generally being a Functional Jedi.
^^^see what I did there ^^^
But it not all plane sailing.
You get stuck
You doubt yourself
You lack the confidence in what you see
and what to do next…
So The Dark Side creeps in
You you sneak in some CLAMS and some leg
extensions to get the glutes and VMO
and what happens?
no one dies
And actually some of the patients still
get a bit better.
But when you ‘search your feelings’
You know you could have been more
So you get back on track applying
…and things are going well.
Then you come across a Sith Lord –
The Darth Vader of non-functional
Telling you about all the amazing
results they get with their new method
which is opposite to what you know to be
But it’s appealing
They have a very compelling argument
Maybe even a course to attend and some
famous client testimonials
So you read a bit more
watch a few videos
Try it out with patients
But it just doesn’t make sense to you
and results are patchy.
However your learning all the time about
your own methods
The process of testing the Darkside has
developed your critical thinking
You understand more about the what is
useful and what isn’t.
It has given you ideas to develop your
You need the balance of other opinions,
ideas and methods.
To remain open minded and progressive
and NOT become stuck in your ways.
But to do this successfully you need
a foundation of core PRINCIPLES
That’s what we bring to the table:
May the force be with you..
Chris ‘a little on the Darkside’ Wilkes