Week 16: Pelvis and Beginning to tweak

The content this week reinforced the movements of the pelvis on the same axis. The pelvis moves on the same axis and same plane. They create contribute to the load and explode in the Gluteal muscles in gait.  These movements can be palpated  and influenced using FMR. The use of translation and rotation in motion of the pelvis is important to assess in function.

A new series on Tweaking was introduced in the webcasts. This week teaching focussed on subtle, moderate and dramatic tweaks. This information accompanies the Process Flowchart. The degree of tweak can be altered in the TZ, Goal, movement variables, influence variables and complement drivers. This series runs for 10 weeks and leads in Gift Gathering 2 in July.\

Each week there are two webcasts by past GIFT graduates. The topic is the graduates own choice. Usually the  topic is one which inspires the graduate. This week there was an incredible presentation on using GIFT to transform the health of children. In Canada 1 in 3 children has diabetes. The skills we are learning at GIFT can be used educate and teach young children to move again. To have fun and to experience the GIFT of movement. There is resistence to change in Society, but the need for movement based therapy, cannot be highlighted enough by the state of health in our children today. There is a calling to all GIFT graduates to contribute to community, and use the knowledge gained from the course, to reverse this downward spiral of health our children.

It has been a powerful message this week in the webcasts. I am excited about using the Process Flowchart and mastering Tweakology in the next 10 weeks.

Week 15 Don’t forget the adductors

This week was the week of the adductors. What do the adductors actually do? they are massively important in function. They will function commonly with the opposite abductors and will work bilaterally. If they become short and limit movement, they will inhibit adjacent muscle function.

The adductors are will work ecconcentrically in TZ1 and TZ2. They will be influenced in all three planes of motion of the hip. They will require adequte length to create normal Chain Reaction Biomechanics (CRB) for gait.

The adductors can be the forgotten area of the legs, but they have a significant role in all planes of motion and hence function.

Week 15 introduced the translation and rotation of the pelvis with gait. We looked at what happens in all three planes. There was a difference with translation and rotation when in the same plane or along the same axis. These motions are contributing to the ability of the body to load and then explode in gait. Next week these concepts will be explained further.

GIFT is about creating empowering environments for transformation, through the use of drivers, to create desired CRB. Lets change pain into comfort, fear into confidence and guilt into compassion.

Week 16 next week and looking forward to it.

Week 14 Ankle, foot and plantar fascia

Week 14 was a great week to look at all the Functional muscle function (FMF) techniques of the ankle, subtalar and midtarsal joints. We then identified the probable suspects causing Plantarfasciitis. 

Some of the probable suspects causing Plantarfasciitis would be reduced Dorsiflexion of the ankle (ankle equinis) caused by reduced calf length and/or hip extension, poor motor control of the glutes and associated muscles decelerating Transformational Zone, poor load and explode of the opposite leg to create the Chain reaction of supination in the foot and finally the control of the abdominals on the pelvis, and this requires adequte Thoracic spine motion.

There was a hands on appropach this week, with a review of the FMF techniques for hip and foot and knee in TZ1 and TZ2. All useful techniques for assessment and treatment. Understanding what should happen in each of these transformation zones helps to assess movement in the entire body with assessment.

The foot has a significant influence on the rest of the chain reaction. We reviewed a standing assessment to decide if orthotics are required. The main advantage of orthotics is to make the glutes work better. Once orthotics are in place do they allow a better load to explode of the glutes for function?

Each week we are learning more and more. It is a little bitsy at the moment. I think when we start pulling all the information together in assessment the clinical reasoning will improve significantly.

Week 13: ITB, hand drivers and proprioceptors

This week was an introduction to more incredible new information. We had Gary Gray do a very realistic impersonation of a baby, to educate us on the Iliotibial band or Itty Titty Baby, as he calls it. This is a special band which is influenced by motion at the hip, knee and foot. The Tensor Fascia Lata, attached to the ITB, is eccentrically loaded in the front leg of gait. It is then stretched with hip extension in the back leg of gait, to assist with knee extension and tibial external rotation.  There are many ways to stretch the TFL, Glute Max, and ITB complex. It is best to simulate the stretch required in your clients function.

In the webcasts there were Functional Manual Reaction techniques for the front and back knee of gait, Translation and rotation of the pelvis, and using hand drivers to influence Chain Reaction Biomechanics (CRB). We are starting to integrate the upper body motion and pelvis with lower limb CRB.

There was a recap of GG1 lectures on proprioceptors. It is key to know about proprioceptors, to choose exercises which enhance proprioceptor stimulation, to improve movement throughout the body and allow the body to become a more robust system. The proprioceptors discussed were the Pacinian Corpuscles, Golgi- Mazzoni, Ruffini, Golgi Tendon Organs, Free nerve endings, Muscle spindle, Fascia, Golgi ligaments.

Doug Gray introduced 3D hopping matrices.  The choice of movement is limitless.

Finally, the learning opportunity looked at the stress on the Medical Collateral Ligament when the buttock was tweaked out (reduce support) during different lunge patterns.  By learning what happened in this LOP, the clinician is able to choose which lunge is safe for the MCL.

It is great to work up the body and start looking at how the pelvis and spine move. Week 14 starts tomorrow.

Gray Institute: GIFT Gathering 1

It is nice to arrive into a different country and experience a different culture again. Detroit airport was quite and there were no problems getting through customs. In fact I heard others going to GG1 telling custom officers they were going to a Physical Therapy conference too.

I could not find my way to the pick up point but when I asked an American at the taxi stand, I received Royal treatment. He was going to walk with me, up one flight is stairs, and take me to the pick up point. I had a trolley so asked him to give me directions and got there by myself.

The GIFT white van arrived at the pick up point and, whilst waiting for everyone to arrive, I got to know the Brits who came over on the same flight and a few Americans. The Americans were from Iowa, Miami and California. Great chat on the way to the hotel.Image  Photo:  Gary Gray and Rhys Chong

The Carlton Hotel was a good hour from the airport. Within 30 mins of arriving at the Hotel we had a business conference followed by pizza party. The GIFT leaders were all there to meet and greet us. It was a great way to meet other GIFT fellows and hear about success businesses using GIFT strategies.

Over the next 3 days we were lectured on concepts we had learnt over the past 10 weeks, new information on Functional Manual Reaction Techniques and proprioceptors of the body. We were introduced to Free 2 play (www.F2Pacademy.com), with a 1 hour torture sesion of intense training in a basketball gymnasium. This taught us how to use 3D matrices to create a full body workout. Free 2 play is the Gray Institute’s free programme in schools which helps children learn to move again. The children take what they learn about the body to further stimulate their minds and spirits. It is a powerful tool in schools and the Gray Institute hopes to spread this throughout the USA and the World.

On the course we supported the success of a disabled basketball team reach the finals of their regional competition. We learnt more sign language and watched the power of sign language when matched to music. We were asked to create our own 3D dance to a song of our choice. The teams were very creative and it was a laugh to see how we all moved. It was run like talent show, with inteviews and judging. A fun way to learn.

GG1 was important in the learning process, as it locked home what we had learnt on the webcasts, and eanbled us to interact and ask questions directly to the Gray Institute team. This is first of three Gift Gatherings. I look forward to next one already.

Week 11: The power of tweaking in SFT

This week we have learnt assessment and treatment techniques for joint restrictions. A valuable assessment tool is to place the limb in a one plane position, Drive in another plane and tweak in another plane. By Tweaking in another plane, I can find which plane position is successful, drive the relative joint motion, and as motion is gained in the joint, slowly tweak out to the unsuccessful plane position. I can then convert the assessment to a treatment technique.

The learning opportunity highlighted the difference between driving the body to achieve a specific motion at a joint as opposed to driving for authenticity of gait. If the goal is to drive the body to get a specific joint to move, it is not necessary to drive in an authentic gait motion.

The learning opportunity also highlighted assessing the knee. If driving with bilateral hands, look at the effect on the knee in each plane to determine its compression with in the knee joint. Consider the gravity, centre of gravity and mass and momentum.

The hamstrings will be influenced by the motion of the tibia. If there is relative internal rotation of the knee, the lateral hamstrings are recruited. It is vice versa for external rotation of the tibia.

The course is creating a clinical reasoning process for assessment and treatment. Everything we have learnt is now coming together. We have looked at the role of proprioceptors. What types of proprioceptors exist in the body, and how we want to stimulate them in our treatment exercises.

It appears the Saggital, Frontal and Transverse tweaks must be understood to progress further in this course.

GIFT week 5: Looking at AFS and the Calf complex

GIFT week 5 was a week of further development of what AFS represents and the progression of bone and joint motion to the function of the calf complex. 
This week there was a strong emphasis on what makes an AFS exercise an AFS exercise. Specific points were made on drivers,3D motion, unconscious chain reaction, path of least resistance, Authentic movement and uniqueness of environment. I can see each week these concepts are continually emphasised, in various ways, to embed them firmly in our minds. I can see these will create the framework from which we will diagnose, prescribe exercises and tweak exercises. The Litmus test has been described in the DVD series called Chain Reaction. These tests are those points described above.
In the webcasts this week the focus was on the calf complex. What it does and how it works econcentrically. The joint motion was described for the transformation zones of gait. The function of the calf muscles were described at the foot, ankle, and knee levels. It was refreshing to get a true functional understanding of the calf complex. It makes sense that muscle does not work in one plane of motion or is purely a concentric or eccentric muscle contraction. 
The webcasts further expanded on lunge matrices. This week it was description of how Lunge matrices can be used to enhance balance. The key point is balance needs to be trained dynamically and not statically. It can also be trained in 3 planes of motion. I think clients will enjoy how balance training can be so variable. 
Gift is about communication and this week we expanded our sign language learning to include letters  M to R. It is empowering to learn sign language and I hope by week 40 I will be able to sign simple expressions.
The learning this week has taken a step up, and is testing our knowledge, to make decisions on what is happening to joint motion with different tweaks and drivers. The knowledge builds.

GIFT training at the Gray Institute: week 4

Week 4 was a week of building on our understanding of what AFS is about and enhancing our understanding of 3 Dimensionality. AFS is more than 3D motion of the body. It is a look at the Mind, body, and spirit as 3D and the Physical, Biological and Behavioural sciences as 3D. When one dimension is changed it will change the other two dimensions. This concept is important when considering not only our own lives but the lives of those we treat e.g. If we alter the body of a client it will also influence the mind and spirit of that person.

This week wanted to build on the introduction to Nomenclature and also the biomechanics of bone and joint motion in the extremeties and the spine. A new concept called”Pivot” was explained and how it can be linked with lunge matrices.

The Foot was discussed in detail and how it functioned in gait. A key point is the Subtalar joint and how it operates as a torque converter i.e. converting frontal plane motion of the calcaneus into transverse plane motion up the chain.

A bit of fun was had with Gary doing a surfin joe talus to remind us of the free Talus and how it goes with the flow.

I think a key analysis skill I have learnt from the learning opportunity and learning about real and relative joint motion is, to look at the motion being performed, see the drivers and how they are influencing the bones of the joint, identify the speed and the direction the bones are moving and then describe the joint motion. I think seeing and feeling what is happening in any situation is realistic.

In the Matters that Matter documents GI highlighted the importance of spending time on what was important and not urgent. Also, true hospitality is when the host becomes the servant and the stranger becomes the guest.

Finally the Transcending truths create an umbrella over all other truths and they are the rule of 3D, everything is driven, every person is unique, create a chain reaction, encourage the transformation of others.

Physical Edge starts training with the Gray Institute

This blog will follow the Journey of Rhys Chong, from Physical Edge, through his 10 month training in GIFT, with Gary Gray and the Gray Institute. GIFT is a course designed to encourage the transformation of others, through unique environments, using drivers to create biomechanical chain reactions. The course will achieve faster and functional results in Physical Therapy.
There will be a weekly update for those clinicians or clients interested in following the journey.
Week 0-3
In the first three weeks of GIFT we were introduced to the concept of Principles, Strategies and Techniques. There was an emphasis on the Scientific truths from Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Behavioural Sciences. From these Principles (Truths), Strategies were formed and then Techniques created. 
GIFT involved an understanding of the Mind, Body and Spirit. When one was altered, the other two would also be altered. This 3 Dimensional relationship was taken into treatment to create an encouraging transformational environment.
We were shown Lunge Matrices (logical 3D sequencing of movements) which opened up the possibility of assessing two sides of the body at once in a weight bearing position. To understand what to was happening at each joint in the body we were taught about bone motion and relative joint motion. 
There were some European clinicians on the course, but mainly American clinicians. The team at the Gray Institute pride themselves on giving the best possible course and service. They are all very approachable and easily contacted. They respond to emails quickly. 
The training is on webcasts with three trips to the USA to study. The webcasts had issues initially, but now a working with Vimeo.
So far the training is excellent and I look forward to the weekly training which starts each Thursday of the week.


Learning to run on the Forefoot at Vivobarefoot running clinic

 Physical Edge attends Barefoot (Forefoot)  running Lab with Rollo from Vivobarefoot. This was a 6 hour Lab looking at the current biomechanics supporting Forefoot running and then how to run on the Forefoot itself.  The Laboratory is based in Farringdon, London and it contains the latest technology for gait analysis, including video analysis and force plate measurements. 
The training demonstrated the importance of correcting restrictions in the foot before starting Forefoot running. These restrictions can alter the flexibility of the first toe, Metatarsal and ankle. When running it was a key concept to feel pressure exerted through the knuckle of the first toe. This was called the Line of Leverage and shifted the Centre of Mass forward onto the Forefoot. The body is designed to take pressure through this Line of Leverage to help propel the body forward in running.
The way we walk, run and sprint require different biomechanics. If the body adopts the old paradigm of running, heel- to toe, it is constantly exposed to decelerating forces and subsequent injuries. Common areas for injury can be the ankle, knee, hip and low back. Primary areas to keep flexible to enable efficient Forefoot running are the Thoracic spine, hip and ankle. 
The day was an insight into the development of shoes designed to assist in Forefoot running. These shoes have very thin soles to replicate skin and assist in creating the sensation of running Barefoot. Forefoot running in the shoes is comfortable. In winter they can get cold but you can buy socks to keep your feet warm.
Physical Edge noticed when running Forefoot for the first time the calf muscles and soles of the feet can get very stiff and sore the next day. This is an adaption process and a reason why training is done gradually. If you have an injury you can learn to run Forefoot but it will require a period of rest from training. You can do alternative cardiovascular exercises like swimming, water running and possible cycling. 
Physical Edge can you help you prepare your body for Forefoot running and direct you to trained Forefoot running coaches. If you have any questions do call or email us and we look forward talking to you soon.