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INCREASING AWARENESS

Kim does assessments in every treatment, adapting each assessment for each client depending on the requirements. It is vital to understand what needs to be corrected to ensure consistent improvement, and both objective and subjective elements are taken into account.

OBJECTIVE: impartial, indifferent, unbiased and based on facts. In the context of this platform, objective means optimum alignment, with consideration for postural and biomechanical equilibrium and orientation.

Examples: good physical health such as no aches or pains, good mental health such as no extreme lows. An objective goal is generic, for example, completing a task in a certain amount of time and comparing results to others who have also completed the task such as a public exam.

SUBJECTIVE: specific to you based on one’s nature and nurture.

Examples: pronation/supination, valgus/varus, spinal devitation such as kyphosis, lordosis, scoliosis and torticollis, jaw misalignment including occlusion, dominant arm/leg, leg length difference, and stressful triggers. A subjective goal is specific to you, for example, correcting pronation/supination, or completing a specific task in a certain amount of time and comparing results to your past achievements to look for individual improvements.

DID YOU KNOW...

  • Every human body is made of the same chemicals and minerals, and an individuals nature such as genes, and nurture such as schemas, determines how those chemicals and minerals work together. We are all the same, and we are all different, so understanding both objective and subjective concepts regarding YOU is vital for YOU to move optimally.

  • SUBJECTIVES BASED ON OBJECTIVES.SO IMPROVE YOUR SUBJECTIVES TO IMPROVE YOUR OBJECTIVES.

  • Did you know Usain Bolt has scoliosis? Check out his biography for more info on this specifically. Scoliosis is where the spine curves to the left and/or right, thus the components of the spine do not sit on top of each other to form a straight line. However, he went on to achieve great things, claiming 19 Guinness World Records, 8 Olympic Gold Medals and is the only sprinter so far to win titles in Olympic 100m and 200m athletics at three consecutive Olympics. Usain Bolt is just one example of how you can make your body work for you, so never say never and see what you can achieve.

TRY FOR YOURSELF

To start you off, spend a day or 2 becoming more aware about how you use your body. Standing still requires postural orientation and equilibrium just as much as movement, so no matter what you do, think about how you are doing it!

Start looking at your body the same way as Kim would begin assessing you. Your posture can say a thousand things, what is your's saying?

Here are some things to think about. Make a note of what you find using the options below, make sure to answer honestly as this will help at the end!

  • Do you use your big toes? Or is there more pressure in the balls of your feet?

       YES          NO          NOT SURE                

  • Is there more pressure on the outside or inside of your foot?

       INSIDE             OUTSIDE              NEITHER INSIDE OR OUTSIDE                    NOT SURE

  • Are your feet rotated in, straight or rotated out?

       LEFT FOOT:  IN             STRAIGHT          OUT

       RIGHT FOOT:  IN             STRAIGHT           OUT

  • When you breathe in and out, what moves the most? Your gut, ribcage or collar bones?

      GUT               RIBCAGE              COLLAR BONES                   NOT SURE

  • Do you use ALL your fingers in grip, not just your thumb and index finger?

       LEFT HAND:  ALL FINGERS           INDEX FINGER AND THUMB               LAST THREE FINGERS

       RIGHT HAND:  ALL FINGERS           INDEX FINGER AND THUMB               LAST THREE FINGERS

  • Do you keep your shoulder blades back and down?

        YES             NO              NOT SURE

  • Do you prefer to chew on one side of your mouth? (Use a mirror or a family member/friend to help)

       CHEW TO THE LEFT               STRAIGHT              CHEW TO THE RIGHT                 NOT SURE

  • Do you clench and/or grind your teeth?

       CLENCH TEETH/JAW               GRIND TEETH               NEITHER              NOT SURE

  • Where are your ears in standing compared to your ankles? Infront, aligned, or behind? (Use a family member/friend to help)

       INFRONT              ALIGNED             BEHIND              NOT SURE

  • Can you touch your waistline with your elbows with ease?

       LEFT ARM:  YES         NO                 NOT SURE

       RIGHT ARM:  YES         NO                 NOT SURE            

  • Do you hyperextend your knees? Look for crinkled skin at the top of the knee, and no slight bend at the knee.

       LEFT KNEE:  YES         NO                 NOT SURE

       RIGHT KNEE:  YES         NO                 NOT SURE   

  • Is one or both knees rotated in, straight or rotated out? The patella, a sesamoid bone which lies in the tendon of the quad muscles and sits at the front of the knee – what direction is it pointing? And is it the same, more or less than the feet?

       LEFT KNEE:  IN            STRAIGHT             OUT              NOT SURE       *  KNEE MORE THAN FOOT    KNEE SAME AS FOOT     KNEE LESS THAN FOOT

       RIGHT KNEE:  IN            STRAIGHT             OUT              NOT SURE     *  KNEE MORE THAN FOOT    KNEE SAME AS FOOT     KNEE LESS THAN FOOT

  • Are your quads (front of the upper leg) bigger or smaller than your hamstrings (back of the upper leg)?

       QUADS BIGGER               HAMSTRINGS BIGGER                SAME SIZE              NOT SURE

  • Are you particularly tight in one or more areas of your body?

        YES, IF SO, WHERE..........................................................................................................................

        EVERYWHERE

        NO TENSION ANYWHERE

  • In standing rock back and forth from toes to heel and see what you feel.

       BALANCED

       UNBALANCED

  • Do you find stretching particularly easy or difficult?

        EASY                  DIFFICULT             DEPENDS ON WHAT PART OF THE BODY                  DEPENDS ON WHEN I STRETCH

 

These notes are nothing to obsess over, but rather make you think and be more aware of HOW you move. Movement is vital for general health and fitness, yet poor movement can increase tension lines with your soft tissue including muscles having to compensate. Therefore, HOW you move is just as important as movement itself and you cannot correct it without recognising what needs to be corrected.

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