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Why Have A Movement Screen Performed?

Would you build your house on sand?

When a storm comes would your house survive?

Your body is that house and if you continue to train without addressing muscle imbalances in your foot, ankle, knee, pelvic, and shoulder alignment you will become susceptible to injury. As we develop bad habits we develop poor mechanics which leads to poor movement patterns. . Ask yourself these questions:

When you run does your knee turn in or out?

When you stand does your pelvic tilt forward(anterior) or backward(posterior)?

Functional Movement Screen

Are you currently experiencing knee, hip, ankle pain?

Have you ever twisted your ankle?

Have you ever been injured before?

Do your shoulders protract forward?

Have you ever injured yourself lifting an object?

Do you have balance issues?

If you said "Yes" to one or more of these questions than the Human Movement Assessment is for you. In this program we do a movement assessment to diagnose and provide the treatment for your mobility and stability issues.

For example, you might say if I twisted my ankle why are you looking at my whole body? When we injure a part of our body for example the ankle we compensate and create muscle imbalances in our body which often go undetected. Eventually the compensation turns into a faulty movement pattern which can lead to an injury.

If you have been injured in the past you are 50% more likely to be injured again. The problem is our brain is like a computer and once we develop faulty movement patterns we will need to reboot our computer. The patterns need to be relearned. If we perform isolated muscles exercises like a Physical Therapist or a body builder we are doing more harm than good. Movement patterns have to be relearned creating optimal movement.

The table below looks at the body on a joint-by-joint basis from the bottom up. The first thing you should notice is that the joints alternate between mobility and stability. The ankle needs increased mobility, and the knee needs increased stability. As we move up the body, it becomes apparent the hip needs mobility. And so the process goes up the chain –a basic, alternating series of joints.

Joint — Primary Need

Ankle — Mobility (sagittal)

Knee — Stability

Hip — Mobility (multi-planar)

Lumbar Spine — Stability

Thoracic Spine — Mobility

Scapula — Stability

Gleno-humeral — Mobility

The process is simple:

Lose ankle mobility, get knee pain

Lose hip mobility, get lower back pain

Lose thoracic mobility, get neck and shoulder pain, or lower back pain

Looking at the body on a joint-by-joint basis beginning with the ankle, this makes sense.

80% of adults experience back pain, and often times pain gets in the way of an otherwise active individual's enjoyment of activities. Many times, we find work-related actions to be the source of pain. Sitting at a desk or working on a computer for most of the day can lead to an overactive TFL and Iliotibial band. Lifting heavy objects, or standing for a prolonged period of time can lead to pain in unexpected areas. We work specifically with many professionals with proven results.

Movement Patterns


James Lewis

Hey Mike
Just a short note to thank you and the Kinetic Loop Training system for introducing me to some exercises and the “articles section” on your web site. The exercises you showed me and recommended have helped me relieve the pain in my knee that has all but put an end to living a normal life, seriously! The pain has been keep me from doing most any project during the day without the need of a brace or pain med's and the doctors. The doctors I have seen were no help, but to offer more and more pain killers. Using several of the easy exercises brought immediate relief ! I was shocked to have slept throughout the night without pain for the first time in months. I also bought the foam roller you suggested and utilized it immediately, I am in absolute disbelief of the results ! I can walk, run and do my work again.
Thank you so much Mike and thank you to Kinetic Loop, you rock !