Kinetic Control: a Focus on Taiwan

27th November 2018

In 2014, the first Kinetic Control course “The movement Solution 1” was brought to Taiwan by Mark Comerford. The Kinetic Control took Taiwan physiotherapists’ mind by storm. Everyone that took the courses were crazy in love with Kinetic Control, not only the movement tests and retraining but also the logical clinical framework and the strong evidence base.

Cortical representations of infraspinatus in rotator cuff tendinopathy

7th December 2015

Alterations in central motor representation increase over time in individuals with rotator cuff tendinopathy

Infraspinatus: the friend of subscapularis muscle

10th November 2015

Shoulder pain is one of the most typical musculoskeletal ailments that cause people to seek physiotherapy.

Subscapularis - we love it and now we know more about its different roles!

22nd June 2015

A review of Wickham J, Pizzari T, Balster S, Ganderton C, Watson L. 2014 The variable role of the upper and lower subscapularis during shoulder motion

Hanging in the Balance

20th May 2015

Will muscle imbalance move on in elite football

A Jump Landing Task

14th April 2015

Differerent movement strategies seen at the hip and knee - new paper out

Movement Health

11th February 2015

See the McNeill and Blandford editorial

Glut max and hamstrings

9th February 2015

What does the prone hip extension test tell us about synergisitic action of muscles?

Fascia-nated by movement

4th February 2015

Kari Niemi takes a fascial perspective to the movement debate.

Out now

29th December 2014

Movement pattern and muscle balance as a source of lumbar spine health according to the concept of Kinetic Control

Bracing comes under scrutiny...a social media trend

22nd September 2014

And rightly so.. read on

Proximal control influnces medial tibial pain

10th June 2014

The importance of assessing proximal control

Changing movement impairments in the lower quadrant

30th April 2014

It makes a difference to knee pain!

The Efficiency of Movement Rehab Strategies

28th March 2014

A recent study adds more evidence on the efficiency of movement rehab strategies. See Pablo's feedback in Portuguese and English

Psoas 4

18th February 2014

Adaptation of motor control in pain - what happens to Psoas Major

Psoas 2

26th January 2014

Koen Schoolmeeters reflects further on psoas and considers actions of Psoas Major during submaximal isometric trunk efforts on painfree subjects.

Psoas Major

20th January 2014

Are we getting to grips with it's functional role?

A new way to classify movement faults

15th January 2014

Even when we all move differently!

2 Papers on Management of Cervical Spine Pain

13th January 2014

Manual Therapy vs Exercise

Effect of active cranio-cervical flexion exercise

7th January 2014

Influence on pain, ROM and muscle activity

New publication

2nd January 2014

Tells us something about the scapula

Movement impairments in femoroacetabular impingement

20th December 2013

Posterior pelvic rotation increased

Scapular Orientation 2

25th July 2013

What does it look like?

Scapular Orientation 1

18th July 2013

Changing trapezius activity

Topic: Disabilities

4th July 2013

A term covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions.......

Thoughts on hip pain

3rd July 2013

Useful paper to look at influence of inefficient gluts and deep hip flexors on hip pain

Therapeutic Exercise helps neck pain

17th May 2013

Latest review in Physical Therapy

Respiratory weakness and neck pain

14th May 2013

Interesting new study

Facilitating semispinalis to control low neck flexion

2nd May 2013

The orientation of the neck matters

Acute back pain leads to increased spinal stability

18th April 2013

New evidence confirms what we see in the clinic

How does the body adapt to pain

14th April 2013

People move differently in pain - the mechanisms are poorly understood - what's new?

Faulty movement patterns and patellofemoral pain

9th April 2013

Evidence to suggest tibia lateral rotation increases PFP

Classification of uncontrolled movement directs management

28th March 2013

Specifc treatment can improve the control of movement

Scapular kinematics important in stroke rehab

25th March 2013

Understanding normal scapular function is essential for retraining function in people with strokes

What's happening at the neck

13th March 2013

Two recent papers relating to neck muscle dysfunction in neck pain and a nice facilitation strategy

Faulty movement patterns linked with a predisposition of LBP

27th February 2013

Latest paper in Clinical Biomechanics

Deficits in glut med associated with patellofemoral pain syndrome

23rd February 2013

Review of the relationship between gluteal muscle activity and patellofemoral pain syndrome

Scapular-focused treatment in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome

15th February 2013

Scapular-focused treatment in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome: a randomized clinical trial - postive improvement in in self-reported disability and clinically important improvement in pain during the Neer test, Hawkins test, and empty can test

Article of the week - 7

Do we need to rethink core stability as core control?

1st February 2013

2 articles questioning the effectiveness of core stability training. Are we missing the key?

Reliability of movement control tests

24th January 2013

Clinical tests that emphasize movement control for back and hip had moderate-to-almost-perfect inter-observer reliability, indicating that these tests are reliable as screening tests using several observers with marines.

Pain changes the brain

17th January 2013

Article of the week:

We continue with our plan to post interesting abstracts

Smudging the motor brain in young adults with recurrent low back pain.

ISSLS prize winner

Tsao H, Danneels LA, Hodges PW.

Spine 2011 Oct 1;36(21):1721-7. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31821c4267.

This research paper demonstrates that low back pain is associated with a loss of discrete cortical organization of the back muscles. Increased overlap in the motor cortical representation of Deep Multifidus and Longissimus Erector Spinae may explain motor control changes noted in people with low back pain. Helps to explain why it is difficult to retrain the motor control impairment in people with low back pain.

Articles Relevant to the Assessment and Management of Uncontrolled Movement

13th January 2013

This year we plan to post an article relevant to the assessment and management of uncontrolled movement each week.

For week 1 & 2 see our post on movement control in dancers. 50 more to follow this year!


Motor Control Impairments in Dancers - the need for movement assessment

13th January 2013

Motor control impairments are identified in dancers with a history of low back pain. Dancers who fail tests of motor control are associated with an increased risk of developing lower extremities or lumbar spine injuries in dancers (see abstracts).  Movement control assessment and retraining is not only necessary to manage symptoms but also to decrease the risk of onset of symptoms. We are working on a Movement and Performance Screen specifically for dancers - The Dance Matrix - available later this year see

Muscle dysfunction in people with neck pain

12th November 2012

Many people suffer from neck pain at sometime in their life. Kari Niemi (Kinetic Control Accredited Tutor in Finland) has identifed some recent research projects illustrating examples of muscle dysfunction in people with neck pain and one follow-up-study regarding predictive factors of neck pain.

New Publication: Motor Control and Low Back Pain in Dancers

16th October 2012

Motor control is impaired in dancers with low back pain

New Publication: Scapular Motor Control Training

14th October 2012

This study aimed to quantify the clinical, neurophysiological, and biomechanical effects of a scapular motor control retraining for young individuals with shoulder impingement signs

Core control analysis helps coaches develop technique improvements

1st August 2012

Mark Comerford and Geoff McKinnon explore technique improvement in elite hurdle performance with movement control analysis and retraining.

Investigation of the stability system of the scapula in patients with cervical spine disorders

17th February 2012

Assessment of scapular orientation and recruitment of the scapular stability muscles in patients with insidious onset neck pain and whiplash associated disorders

PhD thesis at the University of Iceland, Faculty of Medicine, December 2010.

Harpa Helgadóttir, Physical therapist, PhD in BioMedical Science, Specialist in Manual Therapy.

Short Note on Motor Learning from Isha Doshi

13th February 2012

Here are some notes from Isha Doshi – She attended our course
Kinetic Control: Managing Movement – Solutions for the Low Back

with Sarah in Mumbai last month. This course focused on the assessment and retraining of uncontrolled movement. We spent much of the workshop time retraining uncontrolled movement and Isha led a session on applying motor learning principles to movement retraining. Thanks Isha for making such a valuable contribution.
How Motor Learning Principles can help Movement Retraining
Phases of Learning

Transversus Abdominis Retraining

5th December 2011

What does the research tell us?

Factors influencing control of scapular movements in patients with neck and shoulder disorders

29th November 2011

Factors influencing the control of scapular movements in patients with neck and shoulder disorders. A preliminary review of the literature.

Thoughts about Transversus Abdominis

21st November 2011

By Kari Niemi

Kinetic Control Accredited Tutor Finland

Uncontrolled movement and symptoms, disability, dysfunction, recurrence, risk, and performance

5th October 2011

There is a growing body of evidence to support the relationship between uncontrolled movement (UCM) and symptoms (Dankaerts 2006a, b, Luomajoki et al. 2008, van Dillen et al. 2009).

The assessment of uncontrolled movement

2nd August 2011

A common feature of movement control faults is reduced control of active movements, or movement control dysfunction, termed MCD by Luomajoki et al. (2007).

Scapular positioning and movement: a clinical perspective

30th May 2011

Vrije Iniversiteit Brussel, Faculty of Physical education and Physical Therapy

A brief review of the trapezius muscle

7th January 2011

Kinetic Control Accredited Tutor, FinlandBlog

The relationship between posture, pain & muscle activity in the lumbar spine

7th January 2011

A post by Patrik Pedersen, Kinetic Control Accredited Tutor, Sweden