WHAT EXACTLY IS INTRINSIC BIOMECHANICS?

To the uninitiated, there is often an assumption, and sometimes confusion, about the TYPE of ‘biomechanics’ we specialise in here at CE Health Personal Coaching

DEFINITIONS

'Biomechanics'

The study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms.

 

Extrinsic Biomechanics

This can be a very complex analysis of the performance of movements using a high level and expensive machinery like isokinetic and kinematics to help us understand forces, loads and levers. In a practical sense, this also includes what an exercise professional sees when they look at their client move and then correct it with interventions such as verbal and visual cues.

Intrinsic Biomechanics

This is the analysis of what is happening inside the body which creates the extrinsic movements. An understanding of the internal neuro-musculoskeletal system and how this integrated system is the basis for what we see through the extrinsic analysis.

iMoveFreely® (IMF)

This is a series of low-grade exercise techniques set out in a tried and tested system that is specifically designed with preparation for movement, risk reduction and improving performance in mind. Previously only available to high-level athletes some 30yrs ago, but increasingly being recognised as the fundamental basics for anyone wishing to achieve any of the above requirements by moving more freely.

Preparation & Capacity

This first phase is based on the fact that muscles, joints and nerves all affect each there and so provides techniques to affect each system. The initial series of techniques consists of anti-spasm exercises based on Ribot-Ciscar’s work (Jiri Dvorak had the same results from similar studies) using a type of muscle energy technique. There is also a series of nerve mobilisation techniques based on David Butler’s work. These are followed by the ‘pure’ joint mobilisation techniques that isolate (as much as we can) the parts that don’t move so freely. These are modified from much of what is seen in our industry today, which is ‘combined’ movements where the body is effectively allowed to cheat to produce the required movement. The aim of this first phase of preparation restores an individual’s capacity around the pelvis, spine and shoulders so that they are level and moving freely, or correctly, for that individual.

Stability & Control

This secondary phase of training for stability and control requires phase one’s preparation to give the spine it’s alignment and capacity back. This safety-conscious methodology means that risk is reduced when performing any variation of core strength work. Coming out of the first phase we advise this is the perfect time to initiate a 3 step approach specific to promote a ‘grooving out’ of the ‘new’ level and moving position of the pelvis, spine and shoulders.

Starting with Step 1 principles based on evidence shown by Haines, McGill, Matthews and Cholwewicki’s with work on a series of periodised neuromuscular core training progressions, which are in the continuum of exercise progressions. To follow this with Step 2 McGill’s isometric core ratio testing would give a good base of support around the entire trunk. Finally, the more advanced Step 3 functional stability screens allow us to confidently create stability and control while performing more compound moves taking your clients into their final phase of function and performance.

Function & Performance

This 3rd function and performance phase takes into account the strengthening of the pelvis, shoulders, knees and feet to allow better ‘function’. With specific assessments based on joint strength ratios of these areas. Here we consider more sport-specific movements and (potentially) pre-orthotic conditioning on top of a solid foundation. All of which reduces risk and optimises performance ability.

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