Many people, most of the time, move without thinking about what they are doing. The right muscles fire at the right time to prepare, support and execute the desired moment. Sometimes, though, perhaps in response to pain or injury, we change the way we move, using some muscles too much as a stabilising strategy, which can become a ‘lock’ and create knock-on imbalances in the kinetic chain. This article looks at some of the locks that you are likely to see in your patients and how you can treat them. This article has been extracted from chapter 6 of the author’s book The Power and the Grace.
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Joanne Elphinston is a high performance consultant for professional dancers, musicians and elite athletes at Olympic level; a consultant physiotherapist specializing in chronic and persistent neuromusculoskeletal conditions; a former coach and fitness instructor and the author of several popular books in the field of movement.
Joanne has been teaching her unique JEMS® approach for over twenty years, training rehabilitation, health and fitness professionals around the world to explore, inspire and optimize movement in people of all ages and walks of life. Her work is the subject of current research into management for hypermobility related pain, falls prevention, stroke rehabilitation and sports performance, and her programmes are used in such diverse fields as child development, chronic pain management, and athletic training.
Joanne has a passion for communicating complex concepts in simple, elegant ways that bridge the gap between professionals and their clients, allowing them to work holistically yet functionally, supported by science, and balancing knowledge with skill and humanity.
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