KC Movement module: Muscle synergies
Optimising Movement Efficiency To Manage Recurrence And Improve Function

At the most fundamental level - movement is function. We want to put you in a position where your patients move better so they get more out of life.

Your ability to help your clients control their movement though daily activities and sport is essential for optimising function. Current research reveals that the level of movement control achieved by an individual is dependent on CNS processing.

These courses give you the skills to evaluate and retrain the optimum recruitment efficiency required to help your patients move better, restoring optimal function and minimising recurrence. Kinetic Control will enable you to correctly identify aberrant patterns of muscle recruitment synergies that are key for movement control retraining.

Many muscles can perform the same task due to the presence of motor abundance/redundancy. For example, many muscles may flex the hip or rotate the head. This characteristic allows for the formation of muscle synergies. For any given movement task, at any given intensity, the muscles within a synergy may vary in their contribution, allowing the individual to perform the task at hand in a number of different ways. As the task, intensity or other factors change muscles within the synergy can adapt to meet the changing demands. In the presence of a factor such as pain or injury, movement options are seen to change as the synergistic mix alters. These changes in synergistic patterns has an impact on how a person moves and feels.

During these courses:
  • We’ll look at how changes in muscle recruitment can relate to movement impairments
  • You can start to evaluate the recruitment efficiency of the local and global muscle systems
  • At this stage you will experience additional practical applications of movement retraining strategies to help restore recruitment efficiency
  • You will further develop your skills for cognitive motor learning
  • Learn new strategies to recover the ideal recruitment and length of the overactive multi-joint muscles
By the end of the courses you will:
  • Have acquired the necessary assessment skills to implement tests to evaluate muscle efficiency
  • Developed a better understanding of the relationship between movement impairments and muscle efficiency
  • Have at your disposal a range of effective strategies for helping your patients recover ideal recruitment and length of multi-joint global synergists and improve their function
  • There will be an opportunity for us to consider the neuroscience underpinning the principles recruitment efficiency, impaired function and recurrence of symptoms

KC Movement module: Muscle synergies

Targeting muscles synergies to optimise movement retraining for the low back and hip

Movement efficiency for low back and hip

  • Over the two days we’ll look at what’s most important for movement at the low back and hip, functional anatomy, recruitment & neuroscience
  • You’ll be able to assess the recruitment efficiency of the global stability muscles that control the range of movement at the low back and hip
  • You will better understand the relationship between movement impairments and muscle efficiency
  • We’ll help to develop your practical skills so that you can target key muscle groups including the gluts, oblique abdominals, segmental back extensors and deep hip flexors
  • The course will allow you to match the level of retraining to your patient’s abilities and goals
  • There will be an emphasis on progressing cognitive retraining into function
  • You’ll be able to assess for aberrant recruitment of the multi-joint muscle and we’ll explore the options available to help recover function

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Targeting muscles synergies to optimise movement retraining for the neck and shoulder

Movement efficiency neck and shoulder
  • So you’ll find out what it is that really matters for movement at the neck and shoulder, functional anatomy, recruitment & neuroscience
  • You’ll learn how to effectively assess the recruitment efficiency of the global stability muscles that control range of movement at the neck and shoulder
  • In doing so, you’ll also develop a better understanding of the relationship between movement impairments and muscle efficiency
  • We’ll help you develop practical skills targeting key muscle groups including the deep anterior and posterior neck muscles, serratus anterior and trapezius and rotator cuff
  • You’ll discover how to match the level of retraining to the patient’s abilities and goals, so that they are able to engage fully in the process
  • The course will progress what you’ve been taught on cognitive retraining into function
  • There will be a session on assessing for aberrant recruitment of the multi-joint muscle and exploring the options available to help you recover function

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Managing translation through local muscle synergies

Targeting local muscle training

  • In this two day course you’ll start by examining local muscle recruitment and the CNS – normal function and impairment
  • You’ll develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between local muscle impairment, recovery and recurrence
  • There will be considerable amounts of practical evaluation of local muscle recruitment efficiency in the neck, shoulder, low back and hip
  • We’ll provide you with additional practical strategies for cognitive motor control retraining
  • Our sessions also cover how retraining relates to function

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By the end of the end of the first two series of courses you will have achieved Kinetic Control Certification: Module Muscle Synergies

Kinetic Control courses are designed for medical health professionals such as physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, podiatrists etc registered with the HPC. In exceptional circumstances experienced non medical health professionals may be allowed to attend Kinetic Control courses but these participants MUST be able demonstrate that the course material is within their scope of practice and that they have appropriate professional liability insurance to cover them for their attendance at the course and the course content.

This course has both theortical and practical elements. Please come prepared for the practical work.