Enjoyed a beautiful weekend in South Florida with Jason Robey, MS, CSCS ATC, PRT and the athletic training staff at The University Miami. Jason’s experience and success with PRI in athletic performance at the university clearly paved the way for this group, making them very open to the material I was presenting. Besides having him as a lab assistant, it was great to have his help answering questions and guiding the discussion for so many new course attendees.
Myokinematic Restoration is a great course because of its attention to body position, not only for bones and joints, but especially for the muscles of the pelvic girdle and lower extremities. A positional assessment of proximal and distal muscle attachments on the right vs left sides of the body were related to the common asymmetry of the human body, a pattern called the left AIC pattern. These relationships were discussed and studied using a muscle coloring exercise and time was spent comparing the bias and the restriction in each plane for each muscle based on these positions. All of this was studied in context with stance and swing phase of the gait cycle and related to ambulatory function.
Besides position, there were other key concepts that guided our thinking throughout the weekend. We talked about compensatory hip movement patterns and compensatory hip pathologies. We talked about the need for ligamentous muscle to stabilize a hip joint when capsuloligamentous laxity destabilizes it. We talked about acetabular hole control in three planes and what is required of the AF joint during different phases of the gait cycle. We came to appreciate the muscles that oppose the left AIC pattern and muscles that make up for the ligamentous laxity on a pathologically lax hip joint. We talked about the specific planes that are the most necessary for each one of the hip rotator muscles on both the right and left sides of the body. All In all, it was a great weekend putting muscles in their proper context to help us all do a little better job balancing human performance.