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Fit4Function Consultation Process – What makes it unique?

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Many clients like to ask:

  • what is included in the consultation and assessment?
  • Why do you need 2 hours to complete it?
  • Why are you assessing my feet when the pain is in my shoulder?
  • How many sessions will I need?

These are just some of the frequently asked questions I receive on a weekly basis.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE CONSULTATION/ASSESSMENT?

Before you arrive you would have filled in a detailed injury history form, which I would have spent some time analysing to start identifying the true cause of your injuries/pain etc.

When you arrive we will go into greater depth regarding your injury history in case there are some unanswered questions.  Dotting the I’s and crossing the Ts so to speak.

The biggest assumption people make is where the pain or injury is located in the body this must ultimately be the true cause of their problems.

When in fact, especially with long term pain/injuries we are realising more and more that the site of pain/injury is usually due to another part of the body experiencing a previous trauma and so causing the site of pain/injury to compensate. Hence the pain/injury.

Once we believe we have identified the true cause, it is vitally important to clarify by first assessing the nervous system to finds points of heightened sensitivity (are these points of sensitivity located at the point of the initial trauma?), and then through hands on mobility assessments.

These mobility assessments will assess if the client is able to access full range of motion in all 3 planes at all appropriate bones/joints.

3 PLANES OF MOTION??

Almost each and every bone/joint within the human body moves through 3 planes of motion when experiencing gait (walking)

  • Sagittal plane (bone tilts forwards/backwards)
  • Frontal plane (bone tilts left/right)
  • Transverse plane (bone rotates left/right)

An inability to efficiently access the planes of motions at all of the appropriate bones/joints means that other bones/joints have to take on greater responsibility leading to certain muscles overworking and usually leading to pain/injury.

BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER

Finally, once we have all of the above information, we can see that the initial trauma we highlighted as the cause is also highteneded through the nervous system and is showing signs of restricted mobility in either 1,2 or all 3 planes of motion.

This then give us the starting pointing point for rehab.

HOW MAMY SESSIONS DO I NEED?

This is the question I always feel a little bit embarrassed to ask…………….because the honest answer is I don’t yet know.

There are so many variables to take into consideration:

  • age
  • coordination (
  • the amount of time daily you can commit to completing the exercise program (within reason the more often you compete the program with faster your nervous system and body will adapt)
  • how quickly your nervous system and body adapt to the program
  • how stressed you are (stress leads to the nervous system perceiving a threat and so becomes heightened and tightens muscles to brace itself for ‘fight or flight’
  •  are you tired during the treatment session

However, if i was to look back over the last year, i would say on average a client would need approximately 12 sessions – sometimes its more and sometimes it’s less.

If you are keen to resolve your movement issues and would like an assessment then please fill in the injury history form by clicking on the link and i will contact you by email to book you in.

www.Fit4Function.com/contact

How Your Painful Jaw Could Be Caused by Your Ankle Injury.

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The human body is amazing!! We have all been taught to assess the human body in isolation. However, does any part of the body work by itself or does it work as part of a global team?  Does the digestive system and the muscular system work separately?  No. They work as part of a team. If one is effected then they are all effected. If you are not getting enough nutrients supplied to the muscles this can impact on the digestive system, energy levels and the immune system. You can start to experience dry skin, discoloured tongue and a heightened nervous system response. What can effect one muscle can effect them all. And to some extent usually does.

We had a great example of this at Fit4Function a few week ago where a client came in with a painful jaw/teeth on her right side. She had been to see her dentist who couldn’t find any abnormalities. Through using functional neurology and 3 dimensional movement I was able to connect the pain in her jaw with a left ankle sprain that had occurred over 30 years previous.

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This probably sounds a little crazy to you. How can an ankle injury from 30 years ago effecting the opposite side jaw??

The initial trauma to the ankle sprain caused a reaction in the subconscious brain to restrict the range of motion at the ankle in order to protect it from any further damage.

As the body still needs to be working at 100%, it needs to find the range of motion it lost at the ankle somewhere else in the body. Now this would normally mean that the muscles surround the next joint either side of it begin to work harder than they would like. They take on extra responsibility. This has a snowball effect as it then means the muscles above that have to work slightly hard and so on. From the diagram above, we can see what can happen to the alignment of your standing posture.

In this specific case the client moved away from the trauma ankle, shifting weight onto the other leg. This then changes hip height, spine alignment, shoulder height and then the angle of the skull sitting on the neck. We now have a situation where by the body is trying to maintain a base of support by keeping upright. The muscles on the side of the jaw which run into the collar bone, chest and back are now either tight and long or tight and short. This pulls on the jaw and its surrounding joints possibly causing a pain signal from the subconscious brain informing you, you need to do something different as it thinks what is currently happening is ‘perceived’ as dangerous.

 

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This probably sounds a little crazy to you. How can an ankle injury from 30 years ago effecting the opposite side jaw??

The initial trauma to the ankle sprain caused a reaction in the subconscious brain to restrict the range of motion at the ankle in order to protect it from any further damage.

As the body still needs to be working at 100%, it needs to find the range of motion it lost at the ankle somewhere else in the body. Now this would normally mean that the muscles surround the next joint either side of it begin to work harder than they would like. They take on extra responsibility. This has a snowball effect as it then means the muscles above that have to work slightly hard and so on. From the diagram above, we can see what can happen to the alignment of your standing posture.

In this specific case the client moved away from the trauma ankle, shifting weight onto the other leg. This then changes hip height, spine alignment, shoulder height and then the angle of the skull sitting on the neck. We now have a situation where by the body is trying to maintain a base of support by keeping upright. The muscles on the side of the jaw which run into the collar bone, chest and back are now either tight and long or tight and short. This pulls on the jaw and its surrounding joints possibly causing a pain signal from the subconscious brain informing you, you need to do something different as it thinks what is currently happening is ‘perceived’ as dangerous.

Now, don’t get wrong this doesn’t always happen. I’ve clients who had trauma to an ankle and the long term pain stays in the ankle, or it has moved to the same side knee, opposite hip or lower back. Each brain will organise itself in a different way. That is why you can never assume and must always treat each client as an individual.

Now the initial thought is to work on the area experiencing pain. However, we now can see that the ankle is still ‘perceived’ as dangerous and so heavily restricted even after 30 years.

By resting the button for the subconscious, the ankle was no longer ‘perceived’ to be dangerous and then enabled full unrestricted range of motion to return to the ankle. The next stage was to then educate the subconscious how to use the ankle through 3 planes of motion and then finally integrate it into the rest of the body using various phases of gait.

Pain through jaw disappeared and ‘normal’ posture returned.

Key points – always look of the true cause rather than treating the symptoms. The subconscious brain will always using previous experiences (injury history) to decide on future outcomes regrind movement.

If you have unexplained movement issues, including injuries or long term pain or you wish to prevent injuries form occurring and/or want to improve you movement capabilities then please feel free to get in contact.

Have great day.

Adam Guy

Fit4Function.com

Function Movement Specialist

Info@Fit4Function.com

07875089003

Nasal Breathing, Posture & Injury

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The alignment of the muscles of the jaws and teeth can have a direct impact on an individuals movement and strength.
 
There exists a relationship between the jaw and breathing through the nose that puts various parts of the body either in a state of perfect alignment or dysfunction. If the system responsible for nasal breathing, chewing, swallowing and production of speech sounds does not function properly, posture, movement and strength will be compromised as a result.
 
On average we breathe a total of 18,000 times per day and by the age of twelve, we will have taken close to 80 millions breaths.
 
Every breath of air that comes in through the nose stimulates the sinuses and helps to develop them, which in turn directly promotes the growth of the maxillary (located underneath the sinuses). This development creates the space needed for the teeth to correctly grow.
 
My colleges and myself are beginning to find a correlation with individuals who have had teeth braces and those who were brought into the world using forceps.
 
The plates of the skull are extremely soft and pliable at birth and the shape could be altered by the forceps thus narrowing the structure of the face and reducing the space for the teeth to grow correctly.
 
If over a period of years the child becomes dominant in mouth breathing there will be an under-stimulation of the sinuses and maxillary bone. Therefore, nasal breathing can indirectly impact the growth of their teeth.
 
If someone continues to be a mouth breather throughout life, the brain will have to adapt to the mouth breathing. The head moves forwards and tilts upwards, rib cage tilts forwards and so does the pelvis.
 
Posture is modified, causing postural modifications through all 3 planes causing us to become chest breathers instead of stomach breathers using more oxygen and energy to perform the simple day to day task of breathing.
 
Less oxygen gets to the brain and so we become tired throughout the day and every day movement tasks become more challenging both due to the reduced oxygen and increased postural compensations.
 
Postural changes lead to certain muscles over working and over time ultimately to injury.
 
The good news is the brain and central nervous system can be reeducated to bring the body back into balance by reintroducing the lost motions.
 
If you are having trouble with an injury, pain and/or movement issues then please apply for a consultation by clicking on the link and filling in the injury history form:
 
http://fit4function.com/contact/

Back Pain – Separating Fact From Fiction

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[Back Pain Fact From Fiction]

Great video explaining how our subconscious brains play a pivotal role regarding pain.

The terminology that specialists and the client use to describe the body is quite often perceived as negative.

The client who is experiencing pain then creates negative associations regarding those specific movement patterns and so muscles become tight in order to protect the body against this perceived threat.

Realising that most long term pain is a Central Nervous System issue and not a structural issue will greatly increase the chances of a full recovery but also reduce the time it takes to achieve it.

http://www.youtube.stfi.re/watch?v=dlSQLUE4brQ&sf=ngvwwxe#aa