Know Your Body
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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.
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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..........................................................................................................................
NO TENSION ANYWHERE
In standing rock back and forth from toes to heel and see what you feel.
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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