Introducing the Biceps-plank

Posted by Hans Lindgren on 12 July 2011 | 0 Comments
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A frequently used core stabilization exercise is the Plank-exercise. If you haven’t been exposed to it previously I will give a short description: The individual is supposed to lie on the floor face down supporting the body on the elbows and toes. Tensing the abdominal wall to keep the body straight like a plank is said to strengthen the core and there has even evolved a core stabilization test out of this exercise. The test a timed challenge where the ability to remain in this position for a certain period of time is used to evaluate core-strength. One method of evaluating the plank test is a straight time trial in stationary plank position. Another version of testing includes the lifting and holding of limbs for certain periods of time in a specific pattern. Both these testing methods are using quantitative measurements to evaluate core strength. There is never any mentioning of proper joint position, neutral spine, good stabilization patterns and evaluation of breathing. Of course it will exercise the abdominal wall but I do not consider it to be a good core-exercise. ...read the full post

Flexion exercises

Posted by Hans Lindgren on 5 July 2011 | 0 Comments
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This is not going to be yet another repetition of the general consensus on flexion exercises within the strength and fitness industry. Many people have turned their backs on flexion exercises because they believe it will harm the discs in the lumbar spine.

"I am not disputing previous research I am only stating that I am not convinced by the conclusions." ...read the full post

Baby boot-camp

Posted by Hans Lindgren on 30 June 2011 | 0 Comments
We never have to teach babies to lift their legs, turn around, change the support from elbows to hands, sit up and finally stand up and walk. It all happens automatically and at about the same age for every healthy baby. The development program for a baby is hard-wired in the brain and gets triggered off by the baby’s emotional needs of looking, feeding and moving. It all happens as an automatic chain-reaction and follows the same sequence for all healthy babies. One position’s pressure on specific support zones and the development of adequate stabilizing forces triggers the next functional pattern off. ...read the full post

It started with Craig Liebenson

Posted by Hans Lindgren on 28 June 2011 | 0 Comments
My first real exposure to Functional Rehabilitation was by Craig Liebenson in 1999. Craig came to Melbourne and put on a fantastic performance. He kept us entertained for four full long days and completely sold the concept to the group. I think Craig would be proud to know that 12 years later many participants from that initial group are still involved in the Australian rehab program, and there are 7 of us from that first course that now are certified DNS practitioners. ...read the full post