Posts dated "August, 2015"

Finding Neutral - video from the What the Foot book

As a ski boot fitter, I was taught to find neutral in a foot, something I notice that very few therapists are taught and something that has given me lots of insight over the years.

This video discusses:

  • finding neutral in the foot via the talus bone
  • using the big toe to guide you to where neutral is
  • How being able to access both sides of neutral benefits the body as a whole

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Base of Support / Centre of mass relationship

The relationship between our Base of Support (BOS) and our Centre of Mass (COM) may be more important than originally considered; I think of it as “Mass Management”, how we manage our mass is probably more important than what our muscles are doing and what our joints are doing; it has become very clear that this relationship is influencing the internal make up of the body – and must not be forgotten that the internal make up can of course influence this relationship…

The video shows Chris standing on a force plate or pressure platform, the AM3 platform, which records pressure and feeds it into the Footwork Pro software on the computer. It shows his Centre of gravity, a vertical representation of his COM position….

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Knee over Toe (video)

In one of my WTF rants I discuss knee over toe and why, when it comes to human movement and rehabilitation of the knee, it’s a misinterpreted concept. I made a video link out in the book, now available to anyone interested, where I show the foot and it’s various axes to observe the nature of movement in the knee given certain movements in the foot.

In this video I use a very simple (non-validated ☺) ‘pen test’ which shows the angle of the knee in relation to the second metatarsal axis which is how it gives us an idea of how much pronation is present. The knee and the sub-talar joint axis generally follow each other through the gait cycle – which makes sense since the knee sits atop the tibia which sits atop the talus bone.

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About Gary Ward

Gary is driven by the belief that anything is possible. Where some practitioners write you off, Gary has an open door; behind which he intends to create a safe environment where your body can learn to heal itself through the experience of whole and integrated movement

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