The Performance Matrix
MOVEMENT EFFICIENCY FOR A LIFETIME

Flexibility for performance:

Connective Tissue

Analyse for potential restrictions in connective tissues (e.g. fascia, capsules) that cause painful compensations

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Course Outline

 

Our clients and athletes acquire restrictions for many reasons in normal functional and sporting activities. It is quite usual for them to compensate for these by increasing movement somewhere else.  If these weak links (compensations) are poorly controlled they can contribute to performance deficits or tissue stress resulting in pain. 

 

This course identifies ways to assess for and regain mobility of restrictions in connective tissue structures. This module will analyse the relationships of restrictions and weak links.

 

Topical issues abound as many contemporary sources are identifying the importance of finding lack of functional range in both athletes and general population. 

 

This course covers connective tissue ‘flexibility’ issues, factors in assessing loss of joint range and fascial extensibility, the relevance of relative flexibility for functional performance, and the principles and processes required for re-gaining it safely and effectively. The practical application is applied to the trunk, upper limb and lower limb.  The physiology of changing collagen mobility will be reviewed. Options for regaining connective tissue extensibility will be explored including:

  • Janda’s crossed syndromes
  • Zink & Lawson’s rotation-side bending preference at “crossover points”
  • Myers’ myofascial anatomy trains
  • Barnes’ myofascial release
  • Capsular patterns

Audience

This course is suitable for sports, exercise and medical professionals including:

  • Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and other medical professionals
  • Sports Therapists & Rehabilitation Professionals
  • Body workers

 

Participants MUST be able to demonstrate that the course material is within their scope of practice and that they have appropriate professional liability insurance to cover them for their attendance on the course and their course content.

Key Features

This course considers:

  • How uncontrolled movement contributes to pain and dysfunction
  • How uncontrolled movement compensates for restriction
  • How to analyse for potential restrictions that cause painful compensations
  • The differentiation restrictive tissues:

- Articular restrictions

- Contractile tissue restrictions

- Neuro-dynamic restrictions

- Connective tissue restrictions

  • Manual techniques for regaining connective tissue mobility
  • Applying different techniques to Myers fascial ‘anatomy trains’
  • Applying different techniques to energy storage fascias
  • Applying different techniques to capsules

Learning Outcomes

Following this module the students should be able to:

  • Discuss and define the key concepts of flexibility
  • Understand the role of connective tissue in normal function
  • Understand how connective tissue can  respond to loading
  • Be able to differentiate between and contractile tissue and connective tissue restrictions
  • Consider management principles and techniques to increase extensibility using a variety of different approaches e.g. Janda, Myers and Barnes
  • Understand the consequences of loss of connective tissue extensibility on performance and injury risk and the importance of considering connective tissue in a retraining programme

Programme Outline


  • How uncontrolled movement (weak links) contributes to pain and dysfunction
  • How uncontrolled movement compensates for restrictions
  • How to analyse for potential restrictions that cause painful compensations
  • The differentiation restrictive tissue:   
    • Articular restrictions
    • Contractile tissue restrictions
    • Neuro-dynamic restrictions
    • Connective tissue restrictions
  • Manual techniques for regaining connective tissue mobility:
    • Applying different techniques to Myers fascial ‘anatomy trains'
    • Applying different techniques to energy storage fascias
    • Applying different techniques to capsules


Course Requirements
and pre-course preparation

Observation of movement and practical soft tissue techniques are key elements of this course, so please wear appropriate clothing (e.g. sportswear).

Revision of muscle anatomy.

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Exploring the effect of restrictions on the movement system. Restrictions of functional range cause faulty movement patterns.

Knowing rules of tissue adaptation gives an infinite number of opinions to reduce the restrictions of the ‘repeat offenders’ amongst contractile and connective tissues.

Understand the consequences of loss of connective tissue extensibility on performance and injury risk and the importance of integrating lengthening techniques into a rehab programmes

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