THE LOWER LIMB
Welcome to our first instalment of online education
“Closed Chain Lower Limb Mechanics” is a detailed
look into the biomechanics of the lower limb…
But not as you may already know it!
You are used to observing and learning about biomechanics in an open chain environment, that is to say with the human body neither engaged with nor interacting with the ground. Essentially anatomy lying down.
What we know at AiM is that things can change when we are upright and in motion; and it changes by creating organised movement arrangements of your joints and structures which ultimately help us to make sense of the muscles and the role they play in movement too. This programme highlights the anatomical inter-relationships of your joint structures that your body would ideally have access to in order to explore and enjoy optimal and efficient movement in your lower limb and even create a framework to liberate your whole body. The more efficient your base, the more balanced may be the spine.
The goals of this programme are:
- To introduce you to the basic Finding Centre philosophy and the 5 rules as outlined in Gary’s book “What The Foot?”
- To introduce Gary’s concept of “Closed Chain Biomechanics” for the pelvis, hip, knee, ankle and foot.
- To build on the “Now it’s your turn” part of the book by looking at how muscle’s load and respond in three dimensions to these mechanics when upright and in motion
- To take the knowledge and build exercises to guide the body to be able to access these necessary and integrated movements.
- The intention overall is to bring our movement insights to you and also to help you see benefits in yourself which may inform how you work with your clients and if so, to provide new solutions for your client’s movement issues as well.
By the end of it you will have a different appreciation for muscles, a new way of looking at muscles and new ways of considering, exploring and working with the anatomy of the lower limb.
Consider it an introduction to the AiM philosophy and a way of thinking about anatomy and even working with the anatomy.
Recently we began running this course as a two day workshop. Currently we are no longer in a situation to continue this. So we have taken it online for you. Rest assured, this is the EXACT same content we deliver in the two day course (simply without the live questions and interactions). For that reason, we believe it packs insane value. It takes you back to a time of self-guided learning. The material comes thick and fast and running through it once, does not mean you will understand it. Advantages are you will be able to ‘pause’ me and won’t be restricted by the boundaries of time.
We know that repetition is the ultimate form of learning and would like to express that the most advanced practitioners within our community benefit from re-visiting the basics over and over again. So not only pausing to experience the work, rewinding to hear it again but revisiting again and again until you are sure that the concepts are clear and carry over to your assessments and personal practice.
One thing to note is that there is, we believe, enough information within this programme to alter your understanding and appreciation of lower limb mechanics. We unfortunately do not have a specific support network to support you after the course has been completed. So your request for support may not be responded to if for instance numbers are high. We do want you to agree to this, so that you know and agree to purchasing this product in full understanding that direct support will not be made available.
Natural support comes in the form of my book “What The Foot?”, and our other online self-assessment programmes: “Wake Your Body Up” and “Wake Your Feet Up”.
Inside the programme there is an option to buy the AiM wedge in addition to the programme and there is a module in the course that details, explains and demonstrates how and why we use the AiM wedges to influence and guide your anatomy.
This Course Includes NINE CHAPTERS – including a grand total of no less than 60 videos
Covering 15 major muscles of the lower limb:
• Glutes • Psoas • Adductor • Rectus Femoris • Hamstrings • Vastus Medialis Obliquus • Abductors • Gastrocnemius • Soleus • Plantar Fascia • Posterior Tibialis • Anterior Tibialis • Peroneus / Fibularis Longus • Flexor Hallucis Longus • Extensor Digitorum Longus
And how they respond directly to the movements of the following joints & structures:
• Pelvis • Hip joint • Knee joint • Ankle joint • Rearfoot • Forefoot • Toes
This gives us insight into the following curiosities and many more:
- Is the peroneus longus really an everter of the foot?
- Can knee motion be directly connected to foot motion?
- Do biaxial muscles really enjoy a full proximal & distal stretch?
- What do I do with these wedges I see being used on social media?
We live in an age where social media and the internet which has made it very easy to reach out for support and answers…. while this is a truly remarkable advancement in how we are able to live our lives today, what does it stop us doing? Unless we are self motivated and independent learners, it can stop us from being with a problem to truly begin to understand it. Do you remember the time when you purchased a textbook to learn from and you were not able to reach out to the author to ask for help? What did you do? You became resourceful and started to look for ways to get the information you needed to answer your own questions…That was and still is, in our opinion, the real gift of learning…the ability to answer questions by understanding more rather than having the questions answered without really understanding what the answer is or means. This has been a cornerstone of the teaching in AIM and will remain there whether it is in person or online. We want you to use your body to find the answer… it is not always easy, it is not always fun, but if it leads to better understanding, then we see it as worth the time, challenge and effort.
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