Functional movement therapy is a way of logically identifying and correcting faulty movement patterns and dysfunction, which we now know are the main causes of pain and injury. Leading physical therapist Gray Cook, creator of the FMS and SFMA, popularised the term ‘don’t add strength to dysfunction’.
We stick to this rule! Correct the dysfunction, train the movement pattern and then develop strength. One of the biggest problems in the health and fitness industry is that people neglect to correct and improve movement patterns and go right into strengthening.
A high proportion of the injuries we treat have their origins in faulty movement patterns. We are big believers in injury prevention; you have to first learn how to move correctly before you can jump on a squat rack.
The three main areas developed in functional personal training are:
Adequate functional mobility is required to evenly spread load throughout the body. If you have reduced functional mobility then you can be sure another part of the body is over-working to compensate.
Functional CORE stability is required to give the big moving muscle a strong base of support to pull against. All too often we see dysfunctional CORE stability leading to muscles over-recruiting as they try to function in a way they were never designed to do. People with chronically tight upper trapezius muscles will know this only too well.
Once you have functional mobility and stability, you can then develop the movement pattern and learn to control it. Remember, we always focus on the quality of the movement. Do the movement pattern correctly, or not at all.
We use corrective exercise therapy as the last stage of the Kinetic Health System. If you have come this far it means you’re no longer in pain, have good functional mobility and have mastered low-threshold fundamental movements. Now it’s time for the fun stuff. Sessions are typically in the rehabilitation studio and focus on developing the high-threshold movement patterns that are essential for functional movement.