THE THREE Rs
Before you can begin checking the boxes off above a baseline needs to be established. What is the best way to set a base line that isn’t time consuming? A Physical Therapist can test physical capacity but, will that give them the total picture? What if you are a health care provider such as a Massage Practitioner or a Chiropractor, or a doctor of an individual who wants to start an exercise program? How do you set-up a baseline of indicators to capture dysfunction at the level of the movement pattern not just muscles/tissues that are weak or injured? The quickest and easiest way I know of is to do a Functional Movement Screening and a Movement Assessment Screening. It is a ranking and grading system to measure asymmetries. If there is a pain in any of the movement patterns the activity is stopped and a referral is made. As a Functional Movement Specialist, I can do the movement screening with a printed report and corrective strategy exercises to reinforce quality movement patterns. This establishes a baseline to work from and retesting is done periodically.
The way this effective approach works is: Each box needs to be checked off before you move to the next box.
The meaning of the three Rs is:
Reset: When a patient/client goes in to a Physical Therapist for treatment or Massage Practitioner, for manual manipulation of muscles/tissues or Chiropractor for a muscular skeletal adjustment. After the procedure the next step is usually, rest, ice, maybe some stretches and to review or start an exercise program. Ok, if this is the standard procedures followed what is missing from this picture?
Reinforce: This next step and where I as a Fitness Trainer am highly effective first with myself and now others. I took my twisted muscular skeletal frame from a seat belt injury and started retraining the correct movement patterns by reinforcement. It takes about 7,000 repetitions of a movement pattern before it becomes spontaneous. What do I mean by reinforce? Reinforce means you either go back to what you were doing with the same faulty movement pattern and setting yourself up for needing another reset instead of going in for a maintenance appointment keeping the cycle of dysfunction and asymmetries going that lead to dysfunction, pain and injury.
Reload: Is a combination of corrective exercises and conditioning work such as using supersets to establish better hip hinging and then doing deadlifts, and then maybe add some kettlebell swings. Reset, reinforce and reload can be applied to both rehabilitation and exercise. In rehabilitation, Physical Therapist/Health Care Provider is working with pain and dysfunction. Exercise professionals work with dysfunction by setting up a baseline and reinforce correctives and conditioning to help prepare the individuals to return to a full active life.
Why Referral to Me:
Successfully retrained my body after a seat belt injury that caused asymmetry imbalances
Now successfully use these remedial corrective strategies with my clients
Give clients enough practice to learn how to move efficiently.
Believe in open communication, take after hour calls and make home visits.
Reload the frame with the right resistance that maintains the right movement pattern exercises. I use a wide variety of tools based on the client’s needs and preferences.