Patients are taught tools that compliment the techniques the clinician has performed. They perform these to obtain relief independently and improve or maintain their mobility. There are typically three to five tools for most conditions and they are performed several times a day. Those who do their tools frequently get better faster and spend less time with their physical therapist. They essentially learn how to “fix” their own problem.
Patients then receive training to learn how to posture (or position) and move correctly to prevent future injury or recurrence of symptoms. This is meant to turn people away from the incorrect compensation patterns of movement to more efficient or effective movement patterns. Training addresses the “software” or mental “programming” side of the problem. It might be compared to an individual working with a swing coach or golf pro to improve their golf swing so they get a better score and reduce the likelihood of hurting themselves.
Most people come to see us with pain, numbness, or other symptoms from various orthopedic injuries or conditions. Their prevalent thought is that they suffer because of their advancing age, a feeling that the problem runs in their family, and/or old injury. Unfortunately, it's impossible to make someone younger, trade out their family genes, or change the past. But, in the case of orthopedics, most problems occur because of mechanical stresses and breakdown. Perhaps treatment should focus more on changing our mechanics—the way that we move—to provide relief and allow the body to heal itself.
Movement Correction is a unique system of holistic treatment developed by Benjamin J. Hill PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. DN. It incorporates three key areas: techniques, tools, and training to correct the way people move as related to their specific symptoms or problems.
The most effect yet gentle manual therapy techniques are applied by the physical therapist to restore joint and soft tissue mobility. These are interventions that patients cannot perform themselves and which typically require the skills of an experienced clinician who knows when and how best to apply them. As each person is unique, not all will respond to the same techniques. The clinician must use judgement in determining which approach will get the best results in as little time as possible for a speedy recovery.
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An Example of Application
Let’s say it is determined that a person suffers from back pain, in part, because they have
lost hip extension range of motion and have related glut or buttock weakness.
Techniques to restore joint and soft tissue mobility might include anterior glide of the hip or
psoas muscle release with direct pressure point release or hip flexion mobilization with
movement depending upon how the patient responds in order to restore normal hip
This would be followed by a Tool such as a gentle hip flexor stretch or a single knee to chest relaxation hold. The patient would continue to perform this repeatedly each day between physical therapy sessions both to maintain their motion and obtain relief.
As for Training, after hip range of motion is restored, gluteal activation exercises would be performed, such as fire hydrants and bridges. This would be followed by more functional motions requiring a heavy glut load, such as squats, single leg Romanian dead lifts, etc. Long-term results will only then be achieved if one conditions their muscles sufficient to withstand loads heavier than that required by their typical activities.
This approach can be used for literally any part of the body which may be considered a contributor to the person’s problem.
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