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Assessing Movement Patterns

by Erica Gigante, NSAM, CPT, CES, FRC, Tabata

Typically when a new client or patient is being evaluated for a movement or strength assessment we document various findings. One example trainers tend to depend on is, “What does a basic body weight squat tell us?”

I always start there because I can visually note how multiple joints move – or don’t move – properly and how one may be compensating. The client may not be able to really understand what muscles are tight/weak or what joints lack mobility since they are concentrating so heavily on not falling or injuring themselves. This is especially common when they are loading their exercise with weight. Therefore, people get comfortable with a particular pattern of their squat, creating a habit that often times decreases a range in the joints where they once were able to move more freely.Untitled

These movement patterns happen throughout or bodies from birth. Think about it, do toddlers even have to be taught how to “properly” squat to pick up a toy? Absolutely not! With our day-to-day lifestyles, we deteriorate our joint movement and it is not all that easy to self evaluate what areas are the root of dysfunction or pain.

And that’s where Kinstretch comes in.

Since utilizing Kinstretch exercises within my training evaluations and personally, I have definitely gained a whole new perspective on how to detect movement issues.

In my opinion, Kinstretch gives much more immediate feedback to the exerciser as to the areas of weakness, tightness and lack of control, which ends up inhibiting their mobility. Kinstretch basically breaks down the “guess work” on what is not working properly, joint by joint. This information is pertinent to avoid injury.

I feel that once a person takes a Kinstretch class or gets evaluated by someone with the FRC (Functional Range Conditioning) Certification they will also have a better understanding of their own body mechanics.

I encourage those of you who value and respect your bodies to make an appointment with me for a free movement screening or to sign up for a Kinstretch Class on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM or Saturdays at noon.

You won’t regret it!

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