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How Many Ways Can You Create A Specific Motion At A Joint?

Twas the night before Thirst 4 Function’s Spine & Pelvis course,
all the creatures were moving, in 3 planes of course;
The keynote was prepared on the Macbook with care,
In the hope that coffee and students will soon be there:
The course booklets were printed in bright greens and reds;
While visions of lunges and squats filled our heads,

OK enough of that…

It’s time to give you a small insight into a couple of the strategies we’ll be exploring this weekend and a chance to join us on the next one…

I just sent a video out to the group giving them an intro to the concept of bottom up and top down drivers of motion for the spine.

And this is going to be one of the things we dive in to early on Day 1.

We’re also going to expand on this to look at the 5 different ways you can create a particular motion at a joint.

So let me give you a quick look at this concept…

and let’s take flexion at L4/5 as an example:

Follow along with this…

(You might find it helpful to use your hands to recreate the movements as we go through it)

Flexion can be created by L4 flexing on a fixed L5

and also by L5 extending on a fixed L4

That’s the first 2 easy ones out of the way,

We could also have both L4 and L5 flexing but with L4 going faster (3)

or both L4 and L5 extending but L5 going faster (4)

And finally we could have L4 flexing and L5 extending(5)

And of course this is just one direction in 1 plane of motion.

So when you add the other 2 planes and both directions in each of them

—> that gives you a lot of opportunities to create joint motion with different bone motion combinations.

So what?

Well, when you put this in to practice it actually becomes a very powerful strategy to help you create success in a particular movement that your patient currently finds painful or limited.

And when you find this success…

You have a great place to start from to then gradually progress them towards being able to perform their relevant task or skill without pain.

This might sound challenging now


when you work through this in a practical session it all falls in to place and actually becomes very simple.

Which is exactly what we’ll be doing this weekend and in October on the next Functional Spine & Pelvis course.

And a whole lot more fun stuff too…

… But you’ll have to join us to experience that ?

Here’s the link to the October course.


Speak soon

Chris ‘creating success’ Wilkes



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