Monday, May 30, 2011
My Last Weekend with Dr. Chaitow
As my NMT Diploma nears its end, it was time for our class to spend its final weekend with Dr. Leon Chaitow.
This weekends topic was the European version lower extremity.
On Saturday we covered the basic table assessents for the lower extremity, and than applied MET methods to everything around the thighs.
Sunday was much the same with MET and PR techniques shown for the lower leg. We were also shown some nice joints mobilizations of the ankles and hips using METs.
I spoke to Dr. Chaitow about reading Gray Cooks new book "Movemnet". I would really like to get his opinion on Grays philosphy.
I question the use of table assessents as a main assessment of a patient as opposed to an assessment of movement patterns (FMS, SFMA, Sahrmann). Now some table assessments can come in handy, like in the SFMA breakouts to determine if a problem is a mobility or stability one.
I am a believer in Grays thought process that hypertonic muscles, are primer movers being ask to also be primary stabilizers, as the timing (not strength) efficency of the actually prime stabilizers is off.
Example would be when timing of the deep inner core unit (multifidus, TVA, etc)is off and the body will compensate as a protective mechanism by getting the muscles around the pelvis to become hypertonic in an attempt to keep the spine and pelvis stable.
This is how a stability or motor control issue can make it seem like a person has a mobility or flexibility issue when they do not.
Remember mobility problems are consistent. Stability problems are inconsisent.
I hope Dr.Chaitow will read Grays book soon.