A framework that helps us progress or regress any exercise in a logical manner using some basic rules of motor control development. Any and every exercise in rehab and physical training has a place on this continuum.
If every living thing has potential then we need to bring out that potential by using a positive "can do" approach. This requires us to use our strengths to influence our weaknesses. We must first learn about our weaknesses, which is uncomfortable yet necessary to access our potential.
Too often we get stronger & fitter at the expense of basic mobility & fundamental movement abilities.It is possible to train & feel great without loosing fundamental movement, it just takes more thought, objectivity, and sometimes an ego check.
Controlled mobility means that you’re not just flexible, but you can actively control & move your joints with the muscles that cross that joint. The next level would be to take that basic control and coordinate it with other moving joints to perform basic movement patterns like push, pull, reach, lunge, take a step.
We have little nerve sensors in our joints & muscles that are stimulated by movement & mechanical forces. Movement is the only way to activate these sensors, and when movement doesn't happen the brain does not get the information that it needs about the body's current position.
The FMS is an objective screening tool used to identify an individual's weakest link(s). Why do links matter? Basically, weak links force our own muscles to work against us rather than work for us to produce movement.
we might choose to do some form of manual therapy such as a soft tissue active release techniques, dry needling, &/or joint mobilization to address trigger points before getting into movement training.
Think about this for a second, you get routine screening and “check-ups” for your heart, lungs, eyes, ears, teeth, etc. But who is routinely screening your joints and your ability to express movement freely?