I am a qualified Postural Conditioner and believe that anatomy holds the key to success in every facet of fitness and sports performance.
The human body performs at its ultimate potential only when alignment of the skeleton and interaction of the soft tissue are correct. If balance of the body is out, then force applied is
misdirected from the outcome, causing a drop in performance.
As an isolated outcome this is not such a problem for most of us as we are not competing at elite levels. However, once we start to think about the force applied and the force lost, we need to question where the lost force goes.
We know that the applied force moves the ball, or accelerates our body etc. The lost force then gets absorbed within the body. This lost force must act upon something and thus, it
causes any number of internal issues such as rotation/compression/extension of the skeleton, varus or valgus alignment of limbs, and overloading of soft tissue.
The results of these acts on the body begin to breakdown its integrity and encourage the susceptibility of injury potential.
Why Postural Conditioning is fundamental in any training programme:
- Drastic Increase in Performance Potential
- Drastic Decrease in Injury Potential
- Increase in Joint Longevity
- Increase in Mobilisation and Rang of Motion
Scoliosis of the spine very rarely occurs as an isolated condition. As evident in the photos here the clients' back curves to the left however, this is only the basis of the skeletal
alignment issues displayed. As a result of the curvature, the hips have a compensated alignment which encourages an overloading through the right hand leg. This in turn will lead to a
potential external rotation of the femur, knee, tibia, and ankle of this leg as the body attempts to manage the increase in perceived length.
Above the site of scoliosis we can also see that the cervical spine has responded with a scoliosis curvature of its own. The head leans in the opposite direction creating a balance within the misaligned body.
We can also note the position of the acromioclavicular joint, indicated by the droop of both shoulders and emphasised on the left hand side.
What we haven't been able to quantify from this perspective is the presence of rotation of the spine or hips. Again, this would be something that would be expected within this skeletal structure.
The second photo shows how, with the correct education and postural condition not only can my clients achieve a massive improvement in skeletal alignment, but they can also achieve fantastic results at the same time.
An indifference in leg length as displayed by the misalignment of the medial malleolus (ankle bone) is a common sign that a persons' hips are rotated. The evidence gathered from the client photo here shows that, after further investigation, the left hand PSIS (Posterior Superior Iliac Spine) had rotated into a depressed position. This depression resulted in the left leg appearing longer.
If left undiagnosed and not corrected the body is put under excessive unilateral stress. A simple misalignment such as this can also cause compensatory issues above and below the site. Internal or external rotation of the knee, or thoracic/lumbar rotation/scoliosis etc of the spine are common responses which jeopardise the functionality of the body.
Conditions such as these leave the client susceptible to increased degeneration and injury potential. A large price to pay considering sometimes it may only be a simple fix.
On this occasion, after 10mins of postural conditioning we saw a vast improvement in neuromuscular stimulation in the muscles of the lower back. The lower spine pulled back into alignment which resulted in perfect functionality not only of the spine, but also the hips, and legs. As a direct result of this we saw an instant squat gain of 30kgs.
I have worked in conjunction with Liverpool's best physiotherapists over the past four years and have achieved superb return to form for athletes and
general population clients alike. Communication between physiotherapist and rehabilitation practitioner is always encouraged, enabling us to bridge the gap often seen between physiotherapy and normal
With this approach I have yet to work with a client who hasn't achieved a better strength, power, or endurance output post injury then their previous personal best performance levels.
Andrew Power Personal Trainer
Personal Training Studios
42 Russell Road
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Bachelor of Sports Science.
Strength and Conditioning Rugby.