I’ve been following Functional Patterns for a bit via Facebook and YouTube. I like that it takes the theories I use on my patients– balancing the body to make improved posture and functioning aka Janda’s crossed syndromes– and applies that to a fitness level. The above video is from them on some of the sciency, biomechanics that drives this theory, what they’re terming Tensegrity. Although, this wasn’t the theory that I was “raised on” per se, it lines up nicely.
The video is from Thomas Myers over at Anatomy Trains. He seems to be a big myofascial guy. Personally, I haven’t been 110% sold on the myofascial thing. Having been in gross anatomy lab with a cadaver, I would definitely say there may be something there, but I haven’t done enough research into it myself to say without a shadow of a doubt that there’s something to myofascial stuff. (But seeing as how I’m more of a neuro person, I haven’t been focusing on such things professionally, as those kinds of skills do not directly go into my practice. Or rather I should say, prospective employers are going to recognize other things as more useful so, I’m not sinking my money into myofascial studies yet. However, I do think it will be worthwhile to look into. If not for me professionally, at least in personal fitness pursuits.) All that to say, I think tensegrity is a good lens to look at biomechanics through.
And on an entirely different note, I apologize for the radio silence yesterday. I had a family emergency this weekend that needed to be attended to. I’m sure you all have family– or someone(s) you count as family– and understand.