A common sense approach to evaluating and correcting movement
Patterns, not Parts
It's more effective to assess and address MOVEMENT PATTERNS throughout the body rather than isolating and treating individual body parts or specific muscles. PAIN AND DYSFUNCTION often result from faulty movement patterns, and simply addressing the symptomatic body part may not provide long-term relief.
A Systematic Approach
Screen: This initial step identifies individuals with potential movement issues efficiently. The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a notable tool developed by Cook for this purpose.
Test: A deeper evaluation delves into specific movement patterns, pinpointing root causes of dysfunction and assessing factors like strength, flexibility, and balance.
Assess: This phase diagnoses and comprehends underlying causes of movement problems found in screening and testing. It guides individualized interventions and serves as a progress benchmark.
Hardware vs. Software
HARDWARE (structural issues) encompasses the body's physical structure like bones and muscles, often linked to injuries and often requiring therapy or surgical intervention. In contrast, SOFTWARE (functional issues) relates to motor control and movement patterns, influenced by neuromuscular factors and correctable through training. The importance of addressing hardware and software issues in movement assessment and rehabilitation for improved function and reduced injury risk.
Protect | Correct | Develop
Protect: In this phase, safety during basic movements is the focus, preventing injury and assessing potential issues.
Correct: Addressing and resolving movement dysfunctions, Cook stresses individualized interventions to improve movement quality.
Develop: Enhancing performance and fitness comes after protective measures and corrections. Gradual progression towards fitness goals is key.
Functional Movement Screen
Ready to take control of your health and begin training?
Start Here: A functional movement screen is an objective tool that measures 7 fundamental movements that are key to daily life and determines if those movement patterns are optimal, acceptable, or dysfunctional.
Selective Functional Movement Analysis
Do you have chronic pain?
Start Here: Pain changes movements - the SFMA is a structured, repeatable movement-based diagnostic system built around seven fundamental movement patterns and integrates a concept known as regional interdependence, how seemingly unrelated problems are driving the dysfunction and causing pain.
Fundamental Capacity Screen
Are you ready to enhance your performance?
Start Here: Performance is a goal for many clients and is the foundation for all skill-based sports and activities. The fundamental capacity screen is a straightforward, efficient, and repeatable method to measure four essential movement capacities: motor control, postural control, explosive control, and impact control. Simply stated, development movements of climbing, carrying, running, and jumping.
Do you have a new injury or acute pain?
Sample Therapies: Joint Mobilization, Class IV & 3B Laser Therapy, Dry Needling, Neuromuscular Rehabilitation, Interferential EMS, Neuro-Orthopedic Rehab, Physiotherapy, Flexion/Distraction, Functional Neurology, Balance Tracking, Neuro-Visual Therapy