Is it possible to have too much flexibility?
Often has health and fitness professionals we encounter people with pain, stiffness, and tightness.
One of the go-to techniques is to give our patients or clients stretching or mobility exercises to address this, but what about those clients that have too much flexibility.
Flexibility like everything we work with needs to be in the goldilocks zone...just right.
Too little flexibility can result in difficulty expressing movement effectively. Too much flexibility can result in an individual who might not have the strength and control to look after this range of motion effectively.
That's why at Movement Assessment Technologies we use the latest evidence-based testing on The MAT to measure our patients and clients in how they move so that we know exactly whether they need more flexibility, more strength, more balance etc to be able to feel better, move better or perform better.
Make sure you're not guessing with the people you work with....
Want to know a simple trick to get down to the root cause of every patient and clients complaint?
5 Whys is an interrogative technique used to explore the cause-and-effect relationships underlying a particular problem. The primary goal of the technique is to determine the root cause of a problem by repeating the question "Why?". Each answer forms the basis of the next question.
When used with our patients and clients it moves us away from the symptoms and toward the physical and behavioral issues that we need to address to help individuals achieve their goals.
The Star Excursion Balance Test has been one of our favourite tests at Movement Assessment Technologies for a long time. It's a major reason why we developed The MAT in the first place to make the use of this test easy and accessible to professionals around the world.
Other variations of reaching tests are found in the literature to assess trunk and upper limb function. These include the Star Excursion Sitting Test as described by López-Plaza et al 2018 in their research using this test to assess trunk and postural control while sitting.
The SEST is a reliable field protocol to measure postural control. It provides trunk postural control measures with reduced influence of the lower-limbs which may be useful when wanting to isolate the trunk or working with individuals with lower limb pain or injury.
Are you using the latest evidence-based testing with your patients and clients? Do you set baselines, track their...
- Often success for health and fitness practitioners particularly for Physio’s is about knowing your numbers and having great communication skills.
- “Communication isn’t what is said, it’s what’s heard.”
- Great communication skills help us educate our patients.
- Your body language, eye contact, hand gestures, and tone of voice all colour the message you are trying to convey to your patients.
- We use the MAT often as part of this process. It’s something that allows us to measure a before and after effect and convey the right message.
- There’s also a big emphasis on the “WHY?”. Trying to find the purpose and meaning of what we do as health and fitness professionals. It’s an important thing to remember in everything that we do.
- Utilize objective testing procedures like the things we do at the MAT in order to help clients/patients.
- Numbers help us develop confidence in presenting a plan.
If you want to take your...
- Pain is a multifactorial experience from the brain in response to a threat. It’s supposed to help and inspire us to take action to remove ourselves from the threat.
- Our role as health and fitness professionals is obviously to decrease that threat and help people.
- What we need to do is help people understand pain to try and reduce the threat, and that’s where we can work on what people think through better pain education as well as work on what people can do to work towards what they can't do.
- One of the processes that we teach in the MAT Level 1 course is being able to identify what people can do through a strategic framework of assessments and 10 movement variables so we can progress towards what our patients and clients can't do.
- This is another form of Graded Exposure, gradually increasing the tolerance of our patients and clients to certain pain, movements or situations and is particularly applicable in chronic pain cases.
- Over time this approach builds other...
Are you using a “WOW” assessment? In this video, Andrew breaks down the importance of “WOW” assessment in answering the unknown and to determine the treatment:
- At MAT we believe a “WOW” assessment is an integral part in helping to engage your patients/clients better and really help push them forward to get amazing health and fitness outcomes.
- Patient expectation in health care continues to increase and this is something that needs to be managed adequately in order to improve patient buy-in.
- Often by selecting an objective test that reveals a tangible limitation or imbalance from side to side this can be a “WOW” moment that really illustrates the clinical story you are trying to educate the patient in front of you with.
- Pick your test based on your experience and the patient presentation. Some example of tests are Flexibility Tests (Eg: WBLT, Spinal Rotation on the MAT), Balance Tests (Eg: SEBT on the MAT), Strength Tests...