Movement Concepts

So, all of the information that I have discussed regarding movement competency is admittedly basic and not fully sufficient.  It is, however, foundational.  Beyond that, the concepts remain important aspects of our overall ability to function free of limitations or compensations.  I have attempted to provide pictures and descriptions of movement patterns that we all should be able to accomplish 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.  I have also tried to…

Movement Pattern 6: Overhead Squat

The overhead squat: This movement pattern is one of the most comprehensive movements you should be asked to complete when determining your overall functional ability baseline. Squat down so your knees go below parallel, arms & knees do not move forward past the toes, and the back is in the same angle as your tibias (lower leg bones) We are talking entire trunk extension and shoulder mobility, hip/knee/ankle range of motion PLUS each…

Movement Pattern 5: Stand on One Leg

This is kind of a fun one:  Can you stand on one leg? Not only stand on one leg and have that leg support you, but also lift the opposite leg up to 90 degrees (like the pictures shows).  It should be done with shoes off, though (unlike the picture). Once in this position, can you: Stay up tall?  Not let your leg drop or brace against the stance leg Not move…

Movement Pattern 4: Rotation

Look behind you.  Your head, neck, shoulders, spine, hips, knees, lower legs, ankles and feet ALL have to move.  Movement Pattern 3: Rotation, can be limited in so many different places.  Not only that, you are moving in a new plane of motion – you aren’t just moving forward or backward like the previous movement patterns.  The term rotation was chosen carefully…it is NOT twisting. We have a ton of ability to…

Movement Pattern 3: Extension

Lean back…Today we are going to talk about Movement Pattern 3: Extension.   This is always a tricky movement.  First, there is A LOT going on here.  Second, people generally do not like to arch their backs like the picture shown.  We feel a little out of control, are afraid of pinching and grabbing-type pain, don’t feel stable/balanced, or just feel kind of stuck.  As always, let’s simplify the movement first. …