Applied Functional Science
Throughout my career, I had the privilege of being a teaching faculty member at the renowned Gray Institute for eight years. There, I instructed over 800 students in Applied Functional Science (AFS), a foundational aspect of my practice. AFS, developed by the Gray Institute, views human movement in three planes, highlighting the Chain Reaction® in all our movements. It underscores that pain in one area often results from dysfunction elsewhere. Understanding Transformational Zones, where movements shift and load transforms, is crucial to discerning causes, compensations, and symptoms.
Effective movement is key to addressing movement-related issues. While rest, therapy, and other modalities may aid, functionally and biomechanically specific movements are vital for recovery and prevention. This approach is applicable across various activities, injury prevention programs, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement.
Traditional rehabilitation tends to isolate injured body parts, overlooking their interconnectedness. For instance, with shoulder problems, blaming the shoulder alone is insufficient—it's the Chain Reaction from the hip through the trunk to the shoulder. Treating injuries is challenging because the root cause may be anywhere in the body.
Subtle compensation patterns, if uncorrected, can escalate, affecting Biomechanical Integrity and Movement Quality. Undetected, these patterns disrupt Human Movement, increasing the risk of injury. Optimal biomechanics and injury prevention are intertwined.
Rehabilitation aims to address both the cause and compensations within the body's Chain Reaction. Biomechanically, isolating the injured part doesn't align with the body's interconnected healing resources. Viewing the healing process holistically allows for a more comprehensive recovery. Integrated with neuromusculoskeletal Chain Reaction™ biomechanics, these principles guide decision-making and address potential future injuries by correcting dysfunction and compensations in other areas of the body.