I'm pleased to announce a new therapeutic modality to our list of corrective exercise services here at Pain Free Posture MN.
On Tuesday this week I received word that I passed my 5th and final test to complete my Level 1 Certification as a Corrective Exercise Specialist with The BioMechanics Method.
I was deeply touched to also receive the most wonderful welcome from TBMM on their Facebook page which read:
So why another certification and this one in particular? All of the services offered here at Pain Free Posture MN are corrective exercise modalities that have the proven ability to help people overcome the debilitating effects of chronic muscle and joint pain.
However, I am a big believer that you are more than just a body. It's important to be able to offer creative corrective exercise solutions outside of a "one-size fit's all approach". Perhaps it's best summed up by Anthony Carey of Function First who recently wrote:
"As health and fitness professionals we should be assuming a best practices, evidence based strategy in our work with clients, athletes and patients. And as new research provides valuable insights along with practical experience, we evolve."
I almost cried when I read his blog post An Approach vs A Method: You Can't Get There From Here. Carey literally put pen to paper of what has ben sitting in my heart over the past 9 months. He goes on to say:
"our core values are to improve the quality of motion and the quality of life of every client we are given the privilege to work with. Frankly, we can’t do that if we try to force every client into a recipe that we whipped up before we ever met them."
I couldn't agree more. I'm not saying that there is less value in any of the other modalities that I offer, because I've watched them all work. But I want to be able to have the freedom to customize programming for my clients, and The BioMechanics Method offered me that creative solution!
That said, there were THREE reasons behind my drive to get this particular certification.
- I wanted to obtain a Certification that not only backed and supported me, but was well recognized in the corrective exercise professional field! TBMM is recognized internationally and represented in IDEA, ACE and PTontheNet.
- TBMM lists all of it's Certified Corrective Exercise Specialists on an easy to access Find a Professional Page for potential clients.
- For me, perhaps the biggest reason was exactly what Anthony Carey was writing about. It is a natural progression and evolution of my corrective exercise knowledge. My Certification with The BioMechanics Method is a formalization of a natural progression of what I've been teaching my clients for quite some time now.
So what specifically am I referring to? One of the biggest areas that assists the process of healing from chronic muscle and joint pain is the prgression and sequencing of non-manual Self Myofascial Release (SMR) techniques. Self-Myofascial Release techniques are simple exercises to restore the fascia and connective tissue surrounding muscles, joints and nerves. Easy to do exercises are peformed on small balls, foam rollers, rubber bands or other piece of eqipment to help relieve inflammation, pain, fatigue, improve flexibility, function, performance, and reduce injuries.
What I love about in particular about The BioMechanics Method is that it has a comprehensive plan that allows me to identify, evaluate and correct both musculoskeletal and neuromuscular imbalances that cause pain. The process includes:
- structural and soft tissue assessments,
- non-manual self-myofascial release techniques
- corrective exercises and
- lifestyle coaching strategies to ensure the successful elimination of chronic pain
Basically, it's the whole package! I personally love that The BioMechanics Method of chronic pain relief begins with the INCLUSION of non-manual Self-Myofascial Release (SMR). So if you're a current client of Pain Free Posture MN, you can easily see how all these things have been happening.
In my professional opinion, Non-manual SMR is a part of the evolution of my journey and can be a missing piece of the puzzle to some clients to fully break the CUMULATIVE CHRONIC PAIN AND INJURY CYCLE.
If you are a subscriber to this blog then you well know that in order for the body to fully heal, you have to address the entire kinetic chain. That means that you treat the body as a unit.
With The BioMechanics Method, I have a progressive sequencing of self-myofascial release techniques I can share with my clients so they learn and apply it on their own, in addition to stretching and corrective exercise. Most people think of SMR as foam rolling, and while foam rolling is a component of SMR, many people with chronic pain cannot start with the foam roller. You have to prepare the tissues and work with the client to not overload them too fast.
12 Benefits of Self-Myofascial Release
- Corrects muscle imbalance
- Improves joint range of motion
- Relieves muscle soreness and joint stress
- Decreases neuromuscular hypertonicity
- Increases extensibility of musculotendinous junction
- Improves neuromuscular efficiency
- Maintains normal functional muscular length
- Muscle relaxation
- Reduced soreness and improved tissue recovery
- Suppression/reduction of trigger point sensitivity and pain
- Provide optimal length-tension relationships
- Decrease the overall effects of stress on the human movement system
Now, I certainly do not want anyone to worry. If you're doing posture alignment therapy, pilates, or myofascial release all by themselves, and it's working for you, it's just fine. Nothing will change for you.
But if you'd like to see the difference, or want to get started on your own program, I'd love to have you come into the studio or do an Skype appointment with you if you're interested.
And last but not least, if you are familiar with myofascial release, do you use SMR on yourself? If so, have you experienced success with the technique? If not, what have been the reasons? We want to hear from you!
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Deb Preachuk is a Chronic Pain Pain Relief, Posture Restoration and Athletic Performance Enhancement pro specializing in corrective exercise, applied biomechanics, STOTT Pilates and functional movement patterns.
Founder of Pain Free Posture MN, Deb helps real people transform real-world chronic pain challenges into achievable results. Deb infuses her teaching with an honest, open and down-to-earth mix of chronic pain relief therapeutic modalities training techniques to make the concepts of pain relief and body/mind transformation accessible and achievable!