So many people with the same, or similar, problems create an innate problem. You see we can all have similar or even the same symptoms, or pain, and yet the intervention required can be completely different from person to person. Don’t get me wrong, it can also be that the same remedy works for lots of different people. The problem for us as professionals, coaches, trainers, therapists working with the human body, is how on earth do we work out the correct solution?
The thing I personally used to find the scariest about working with the human body is in fact now the thing I love the most. You see I used to feel completely inadequate in my level of anatomy knowledge and at times I still do! There is a hell of a lot to learn, right!?!?
However what I have discovered by working alongside some of the most amazing professionals in the industry was that I simply needed to learn the relevant stuff. The appropriate knowledge that was relevant to enable me to help my clients move better but to also have a degree of confidence in doing that.
They taught me that I don’t need to know everything, in fact that would be pretty darn incredible and possibly a bit arrogant should we ever get to the point where we feel we know everything about the human body!! Don’t you agree!?
So I discovered this really great question that I could ask myself…
This wonderful question allowed me to accept that I should know what I need to know BUT also that I had permission to not feel that I had to know everything because I could simply refer, or get a second opinion, from someone else!
The solution for me was to gain the skills I wanted, enjoyed and could utilise in my business and then confidently refer for the stuff I wasn’t so keen on doing OR felt were beyond my remit.
So back to the pain in the bum point!
Pain is a controversial subject right now and the industry is rife with education, seminars and courses that discuss pain.
The problem with pain is it is subjective, very individual and your pain (or your client’s pain) may be similar to someone elses and yet have a very different cause.
First and foremost we must appreciate that pain is a good thing! It means your body is communicating with you to you that something needs to change.
What’s The Cause Of Your Clients Pain?
However, some causes of pain are clinical and require clinical help
Some causes of pain are compensations that simply require exercises
Some may require BOTH
What we MUST understand is which is our remit and which is not and this is a point I make for both the clinicians and the exercise professionals.
Because a clinician may apparently ‘fail’ when ‘treating’ a pain that is caused by a compensation coming from somewhere else.
An exercise professional could be practising outside of their insurance remit if they attempted to use an exercise on an area of the body that is painful because of an underlying clinical issue they are unable to test for. Also running a risk of harming their client.
So How Do We Know Which Is Which?
Well, this is a tough one because there is a good chance at first glance that we won’t know which it is since pain is simply telling us to change something but not why nor what.
So the ideal would be to have 2 things in place:
- The ability to perform physical tests to identify how well their body works, or not
- An awesome interdisciplinary team around you who, with the clients permission, discuss a plan of action together based upon a whole series of tests that can rule things out
These 2 things alone create a huge increase in confidence for everyone since no one is alone in the process of decision making. It means we all get to do what we are great at and enjoy the most.
These 2 point also enable ‘the team’ to collectively perform both clinical tests and function tests to understand the whole picture….because that pain in your bum could have nothing to do with the area that feels painful other than that is where it is being represented. We also need to understand risk.
That pain in the bum could be caused by any number of biomechanical compensations coming from any combination of body parts or subsystems (myofascial, skeletal, neural). It could also require BOTH clinical treatment AND exercises for various parts of the body.
How We Can Help
What we do with the academy is bring ALL of these professionals together in our classroom to understand better how we can all work together for the best duty of care.
We will teach you what YOU NEED TO KNOW and then show you exactly WHEN TO REFER and WHEN TO CONTINUE based on a simple measuring system. This system can be used by both clinicians AND exercise professionals AND manual therapists to UNITE US in improving the movement of the nation.
We are extremely passionate about this concept that has been missing and we are showing how it can work wonderfully with our community of Biomechanics Coaches who range from backgrounds in :
Strength and Conditioning
To tap into this kind of multi disciplinary network why not do some market research in your area and pay the local practitioners a visit to experience their service? If you like their methods and feel they could support you, then you could ask them if they would be happy to accept referral from you since they have skills you do not. I cannot for a moment imagine anyone saying no can you? Then you would hope that they would reciprocate but if you have a conversation about gaining your clients permission to discuss their circumstances this would certainly suggest to them that this is what you are looking to set up.
If you would like more guidance on this please do not hesitate to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
What we would like to do is offer you all the ability to fully assess both the pelvis and the spine of your clients to KNOW what exercise to give them or when to refer and how to refer. Should you take us up on this offer we would GIVE YOU A FREE LOW BACK HEALTH WORKSHOP!
We would also like to then give you some of the basic equipment to get you started on your journey towards improving your clients biomechanics as part of our 5th Birthday Celebration!
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