Full body assessments let us see what is happening in your body. Not only does it give us insight into why you might have an injury(s) or niggles that you are experiencing it can also let us know where you might be at risk of injury in the future. Without knowing these little bits of information we could easily start an exercise plan that would cause all kinds of unnecessary issues.
The stress of riding on a crooked wheel could cause the wheel to fall apart. To get a crooked bicycle wheel to roll straight or true, you must shorten/tighten the loose spokes and lengthen/loosen the tight ones.” – Paul Chek
So what’s involved?
There are four components to the assessment process: Flexibility, Postural Analysis, Core control/ability and Primal Pattern assessments. I will also continue to assess your movement patterns as we train. Once we have looked at each of these areas we can easily see what is in perfect working order and what (if anything) needs a little TLC so as not to train into an injury. The session takes between one and two hours depending on how much we need to look at and discuss – Although I try and get the assessment done in good time I never rush so that I get all the answers I need to write you your perfect bespoke workout.
Poor or uneven flexibility scores shows us a number of things such as
I will look at your results with two intentions. The first is where are you compared to a text book answer and the second is to see where you need to be to meet the needs of your hobby/sport/lifestyle. We are all different and live different lives. If you working in an office or drive for a living you probably wont need the same ‘normal’s’ as someone who is a manual worker. Why try and get a taxi driver to the same results as a gymnast?
Sometimes the flexibility scores come back perfect yet you stand all contorted or flexibility is all over the place yet posture is perfect?? (these are the extremes – usually there is only a few curve balls) We need to look at both for the whole picture.
I also measure your spine angles to determine if you have one or more of the following that need to be considered:
It is really important to know how your core is functioning. If the core isn’t strong and/or coordinated from the beginning we are just waiting for the injuries to come along. No matter your goals you will need a fully functioning core as it governs EVERYTHING!
The good news with the core is no matter how good or bad it is, it will start to work correctly very quickly on the right program! The body is just about the laziest ‘machine’ around! It is always striving to find the easiest, most efficient way of performing every task it does to conserve energy. As soon as we start to re-educate the core and your neurological system on how it should move/work it will happily take the correct way as it is the easiest way. Giving you a healthier, happier body!
Lastly I assess all the Primal Patterns; the fundamental movements that we all need to aptly survive life. There are seven movements that I test – Squat, Lunge, Bend, Twist, Push, Pull and Gait. Even those that don’t visit a gym, or class themselves as doing exercise perform each of these patterns every day so it is important to see what is going on in each of these.
Don’t think you squat? How do you sit down into your chair or into your car?
Don’t think you deadlift (bend)? How do you lift an item from the floor?
You get the picture, we all move and need to complete many movement patterns throughout our days so we want to make sure that you are moving as well as possible.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.