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Lower-Crossed Syndrome

When questions about lower-crossed syndrome and weak glutes, my first thoughts are to consider all four components to the lower-crossed. Weak glutes are just one quarter. Tone through the hip flexors and lumbar spine may yield very dominant reciprocal inhibition of the glutes. Activating the glutes until the cows come home will only get you […]

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  • March 30, 2010

Cold Plunge for Recovery

In my fantasyland facility, there is a cold and warm plunge. Science aside, I like how I feel afterwards in terms of recovery. Science considered, it makes great sense in pushing the lymphatic system and improving recovery. I am not sure the evidence is that powerful, but with a technique like this, there are so […]

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  • March 29, 2010

Ankle rehab training

Ankle rehab is core and hip training to me. Obviously there are acute measures that can be taken at the painful and/or swollen segment, but when it comes down to it, the body will heal as it heals. I would never suggest isolated ankle resistance training unless the ankle was weak when pain-free. And even […]

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  • March 29, 2010

Box Squat

In response to a recent question on strengthcoach.com, this is how I set up teaching a bodyweight box squat. Choose a surface from which to squat up from. This can be anything based on rehab/training environment. The cuing as below is like for someone with acute knee or maybe back pain. I wouldn’t expect to […]

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  • March 29, 2010

Arm Exercises

Over the last year I seriously have not prescribed a single set of “arm” exercises. Over the last few days I’m considering re-employing these exercises with limited use. Where do you place these exercises in your program? First consideration with these exercises is reading the person. If the person wants to do them, we have […]

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  • March 22, 2010

Gray Cook Stretch

Isn’t there too much lumbar rotation in the twisting stretch Gray Cook named after Brett Jones? There is no lumbar rotation with this technique. If you have your hips locked up and not moving AND you have some cervical or t-spine limitations, it will certainly become lumbar rotary. However, the verbal cue is to twist […]

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  • March 22, 2010

Expanded Joint by Joint

This will fill the void for those that suggest Joint by Joint is oversimplified. I suspect with some more thought and sets of eyes, it could be broken down even more. Gray’s feedback was to be cautious in terming mid-foot and mid-hand, so we must be attentive to recognize stability even in the context of […]

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  • March 22, 2010

6 Months after Sahrmann Workshop

It has been around 6 months or so since I had the opportunity to see Dr. Shirley Sahrmann speak in central New Jersey. My excitement around that time led me to my long outlined posts on the Forum from the notes that I scribbled down during the 2 days of the seminar. Over these last […]

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  • March 22, 2010

Shirley Sahrmann Workshop, Day 2 Notes

1. Correcting movement is not about stretching. 2. The future of physical therapy is getting paid for 4-6 visits; you better either get paid cash or know what you’re doing 3. Pattern recognition is the most important thing = diagnostic groups = Syndromes 4. Flexion/Rotation herniated discs – never do them 5. When you can’t […]

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  • March 22, 2010

Shirley Sahrmann Workshop, Day 1 Notes

1. The charisma that I think is so beneficial to be a leader in our profession was clear in the first 5 minutes. A friendly arrogance similar to Stuart McGill was something I appreciated very much. She was a fantastic presenter and engaging. 2. A 2nd book is coming out on the neck, t-spine, elbow, […]

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  • March 22, 2010