Functional Assessments to Move Better

Functional Movement Protocols

These advanced assessments help to identify muscle activation patterns that can affect function and performance and may contribute to injury or inefficiencies in movement. Once identified, these patterns can be addressed through instruction and a comprehensive exercise routine which focuses on symmetrical and timely activation to improve strength and coordination. For more information, or if you have any questions please contact Mike Croskery.

Flex-Relax Protocol for Lower Back

The muscles of the lower back show different degrees of activation during movement. The flex-relaxation phenomenon refers to the relaxation of the lower back muscles during the lowest point of bending forward. In those that suffer from lower back pain, this activation often does not occur suggesting that increased flexibility and/or strength in both the back, hip, and lower leg muscles is desired.  Assessing this pattern of muscle activation helps to identify where improvement is needed and if function has returned to normal.

Static Posture and Muscle Symmetry

Static postural assessments examine how well your back muscles work together during the maintenance of good posture. Symmetrical activation is important in order to support the spine in a balanced and symmetrical manner. This assessment can be combined with the Flex-Relax protocol for more in-depth investigation.

Shoulder Mobility

With the ability to evaluate the 3 main movements of the shoulder (flexion, abduction, and rotation) combined with the appropriate musculature, it is possible to gain a better picture of how the shoulder functions. Left and right arm movement along with monitoring the timing and activation of the 4 muscles can give deeper insight into possible muscle compensatory movements of the muscles involved and how well the joint is functioning in general and after injury.

Functional Mobility and Fall Risk Assessment

A combination of the Timed Up and Go, 6 Minute Walking Test, Walk Assessment, and Turn Test assess functional mobility and fall risk while comparing your results to established norms. Creating a baseline at the beginning helps to quantify and assess the efficacy of rehabilitation and exercise throughout the process to improve mobility and decrease fall risk.

Please note these protocols will not be used to diagnose any pathology based on the results of the assessment or observation.