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Co-ordination Efficiency: a clinical marker of Movement Health

10th January 2018

A powerful blend

Kinetic Control’s ‘Co-ordination Efficiency’ modules puts movement quality at the heart of the clinical assessment and retraining process. The courses are built around a clinic applicable model, connecting pain, pathology and compromised function to any individual patient’s presentation. Additionally, it is also reassuring to know the courses blend contemporary neuroscience, biomechanics, physiology and skill acquisition principles, a mix allowing a wide spectrum of clinicians to harness the power of movement within their practice.    

Which characteristic of movement?

If movement is (or is becoming) central to your approach, the above paragraph is likely to appeal however, there is need for greater specificity: exactly what clinical skills do these courses enhance? The recent swelling in popularity of the ‘Movement movement’ would suggest more and more clinicians and patients, coaches and clients, are choosing movement as an intervention but which particular characteristic of movement is considered? The answer is the fundamental building blocks of all complex movement patterns: co-ordination. Each 2-day module supplies clinicians with a systemised route to assess and retrain this component of movement. Provocative co-ordination patterns are identified, labelled and subsequently addressed. Clinicians’ skillsets of observation, cueing and clinical reasoning are developed alongside the acquisition of new tools. If movement is the intervention of choice, these modules offer a rigorous framework in which to expand your practice.

Co-ordination and Movement Health

If we are interested in the health of movement, one particular marker of its current state is the ability to organise the body’s multiple degrees of freedom in a desired fashion. More simply put, co-ordination informs on Movement Health. The ‘way’ somebody moves can also help clinicians infer on the relative contributions of differing muscles, a topic covered in much greater detail within Kinetic Control’s ‘Muscle Synergy’ modules. Often in the presence of pain, pathology and comprised function, co-ordination and the muscle synergies supporting these observed movements change, making movement 'less efficient'. The systemised assessment of co-ordination offers a time efficient tool to identify which particular pattern is the pattern of provocation and risk, allowing highly specific, targeted retraining to be delivered.  If long term Movement Health is the goal for our patients, targeting mechanisms rather than firefighting symptoms appears crucial. The clinical assessment and retraining of co-ordination therefore supplies a key tool to manage the complexities of sustained function.

Kinetic Control’s Co-ordination Efficiency Modules include:

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