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Clare Pederson on Flexibility for Movement Health and Efficiency

11th June 2019

We caught up with Clare Pedersen to discuss her time at the Flexibility for Movement Efficiency and Movement Health Masterclass with Mark Comerford.

This was a fantastic course.  I love to integrate the principles of Kinetic Control into my practice, so was excited that this new course was being delivered in Sweden.  4 days with Mark Comerford was a real bonus, an outstanding clinician could only be inspiring and exciting – and I promise it did deliver!

 

The course is based on the concept of movement assessment and retraining but unlike the previous modules this course takes a twist and presents the information from a flexibility viewpoint. We all see patients with extensibility problems, lats, ITB, erector spinae, quadratus lumborum, SCM to mention a few – this course works backwards from the extensibility issue and allows the clinician a chance to explore the relationships of uncontrolled movement impairments, pain & symptoms and extensibility.

 

It delivers techniques and retraining strategies to manage these issues whilst at the same time presenting a clinical reasoning framework which helps the clinician develop the knowledge and understanding as to why these patients present with these problems in the first place.

 

Most importantly the course guides the clinician to consider factors contributing to recurrence of pain and injury. The relationship between tissue extensibility and uncontrolled movement is often a key feature.

 

The course does not just stop there. Built into the 4 days are clinical techniques which were novel even to the manual therapy trained physios amongst us. Familiar techniques have been finely tuned although you may recognise Maitland, Kaltenborn, Mulligan or even Edwards techniques in the repertoire. However, all have been refined for improved clinical effectiveness to address the multifactorial nature of the presentations. This section is really exciting for all clinicians who use manual therapy in their toolbox – lots of top clinical skills can definitely be gained here.to

 

Mark's clinical experience shone through and he delivered with style and effectiveness.

 

The manual provides extra information and background reading which include:

- Mechanisms behind eccentric muscle action

- Myofascial trigger points description and subclassification

- Neurodynamic issues and their relationship to extensibility

- Full description for the interpretation of muscle shortness vs overactivity and the difference compared to stiffness in the articular system and soft tissue system.

 

 

Overall, it’s a lot to squeeze into 4 days. I believe you will not be disappointed if you take this course. As a full time clinician who manages a wide range of clients, I learnt a lot to take back to my clinical practice.

 

A must for clinicians interested in movement.

 

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