If you’ve ever done our most popular and long-standing 3-day course Rehab Trainer Essentials (remember the laminated cards you received when you did it?), you will know that the “R” in R..E..H..A..B stands for the first critical point of assessment that should always be front of your mind as a Fitness Professional:
Is this injury High Risk or Low Risk? Should you refer the injury without any further intervention, to a Physiotherapist or other medical professional, to ensure you aren’t playing with fire...
It has nothing to do with diagnosis at all. And it attempts to show up hidden risks of aggravation that might come through loading in the gym.
Some things to look out for, without going into our whole Risk Assessment protocol, are:
Strong (or sharp) pain limiting range of motion
Pins and Needles or Numbness
Strong pain or severe weakness with static muscle testing
Pain for no reason without movement
Spinal range of movement no strong pain
...and today I go out on a limb to show you a series of (weird) movements you can use for self-assessment of neural irritation in elbow pain.
3 Nerve Self-Assessment Movements
We have always drawn the line that only Physiotherapists should use these kinds of movements in their treatments - they are for assessment only! If they give any strong pain, different to the other side, then refer to a Physiotherapist or other for help.
I’ve often thought some of the movements look like you’re doing an Egyptian dance…check the video to see movements that clear the Median, Ulnar and Radial nerves from involvement.
So, please get clients to gently try them so as to rule out any nerve component to their injury. And if they are clear, then you are safer with that Low Risk injury! Simple.
Courses to Reduce Pain and Prevent Injury
Feb 9-11 Sydney Rehab Essentials with Ulrik Larsen
Feb 16 Melbourne Rehab Express with Ulrik Larsen
Feb 17 Bangalore Rehab Express with Gaurav Negi
Feb 24 Penang Rehab Express with Sahar Mat
Feb 28 Singapore Rehab Express with Filipe Periera
This course is the foundational accreditation for learning R+E+H+A+B and working as an effective Rehab Trainer, teaching you the knowledge, skills and giving you the equipment, to unofficially join the ‘rehab team’.
Highly motivated Rehab Trainers are invited to take a 2-day intensive Masterclass that will broaden and deepen their knowledge and skills. All that you learned in Rehab Trainer Essentials will be cemented in as we take everything to the next level and register you on the Rehab Trainer website as a go-to Master Rehab Trainer. Master the use of Taping, Pressure Biofeedback Unit and Movement Deficit Assessments for the highly effective management of your clients injuries.
3-day Intensive course for Exercise Physiologists, Physiotherapists / Physical Therapists,Osteopaths and Chiropractors, offering hands-on assessment and treatment techniques of elite Sports Physios who specialise in Muscle Imbalance Correction and Functional Movement Training.
Special skills are required to get pro athletes back into competition quickly and safely, and to prevent injury recurrence - skills that are often kept in-house and unavailable to the high-value social athlete or fitness enthusiast. Now you can learn these secrets, and how to customise them for the athlete or the superfit!