Welcome to the fourth part of understanding our body in movement.

It has been very gratifying with people in the town commenting to me that they are following the series and quite enjoying it.
We all know there are muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons. What is not as well known is the system of muscular slings within the body.

Their correct function is vital for us to perform at peak performance. If you are thinking that the past three episodes are only for older people. Think again.

Poor posture, poor pattern and poor functional strength limits our performance and increases the risk of injury.

So, back to slings. If we look at the rehab of a stroke patient or any neurological condition the ability to generate force and speed (movement) is dictated by the ability to lock the opposing diagonal body segment.

Neurological muscular sling reprogramming is more than simply a set of clam exercises and a couple of pieces of blue stretchey tape.

Neurological muscular slings enable the shoulder to set to throw further, enable the hip to tilt to prevent hamstring strain, and allow the body to propel forward – rather than up – to gain those vital seconds to run faster and win the race.

These are the training methods to return you to function at The Physio Rehab Clinic.


Locking one side of the body

Locking one side of the body (a) to generate force and speed on the other side (b) in the diagrams below.



The different Muscle Patterns

The muscle patterns for gait and stair climbing clearly show the distinctive three phases of this movement pattern, can you see them?