Theoretically, it’s pretty simple: someone has pain in his or her knee, so you treat the knee. A symptom-based assessment model, or an assumption that the painful tissue is the source of entire problem, drives this mindset. Quantitative data in the affected area used to be the key to forming a diagnosis, but patient care has since evolved. We now know that, to heal the problem, you must further detect its source. Treating the pain instead of the dysfunction just doesn’t cut it anymore.
A vast amount of problems the musculoskeletal system encounters, as well as every advantage, can be traced to movement patterns. You COULD treat your patient’s symptoms in isolation to strengthen the muscles, but Dr. Michael Voight challenges you to look at the body as a whole, noting, “Physical performance is about movement development, which is not the same as muscular development.” After years of studying the body, you know that everything works together, and now you know that it should be treated together.
Learning how to diagnose injury based on regional interdependence is quite an undertaking, but essential for growth as a clinician. For the next few months, we will be laying out the importance and basics of whole-body movement assessments with the help of Dr. Michael Voight and his esteemed colleagues from the North American Sports Medicine Institute and Advances in Clinical Education. While we’re going to be giving you a lot of information, the real in-depth look at these concepts come from CEU certification courses and seminars covering this material, such as:
- Scrape, Tape and Move – Beginning with a focus on proper movement assessment, this course expands into patient care, showing you the proper ways to utilize instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization tools, kinesiology tape and elastic resistance in treating the dysfunctions of the body.
- SFMA – The Selective Functional Movement Assessment is the mecca of movement assessment. Learn the tricks of the trade and gain the ability to design rehabilitation and exercise programs that truly treat your patients.
Whether you’re a physical therapist, chiropractor, athletic trainer or any other licensed medical professional, you are sure to benefit from this priceless information. Make sure you never miss the action! Sign up to the Performance Health Academy to get notified for our month articles covering the content of these topics, and find a CEU near you.