Serratus Conductor

 
How will you make sure that your functional movement training includes Serratus Anterior? 

Serratus needs very careful integration into functional movements once the client is ready (their biomechanics and pain levels are improved sufficiently) - and this is tricky business!

Hence why we include in many courses and teach you how to use a “Rehab Dowel”, much like a conductor uses a small stick to conduct the orchestra. Nothing fancy, but it does look and feel a little more professional with the branding on it ;))


So, as you step up your client’s shoulder movement into functional positions like in the video today, remember you are training their brain to automatically include Serratus in their movement. That’s the goal. Train the BRAIN.

A few more tricks that really help for Conducting Serratus:
  • Use the Rehab Dowel for tapping, stroking, and odd friendly prod ;)
  • Start with lower loads to begin, rehearsing the movement prior to adding loads
  • Cue heavily - the “armpit” cue on elevating or overhead positions, and the “elbow directly behind or underneath the hand” during pushing movements.
  • High reps and frequency through their workout and daily lives
  • Increase the complexity of what you are asking them to do - this has tremendous scope for imagination and that is what our video today is about!
Conduct that movement!

Ulrik


Oh, and below is a final response (unedited) from Patrick an experienced Rehab Trainer in the UK, to our little conversation about Masterclass taping if you are interested:

 
    Hi Ulrik - with reference to the email from John (see here) and taping:
 
As I see it, we are providing a service to our clients and that service should be the best that a therapist / S and C coach (I’m referring to myself) can perform. 

If we can provide an element of pain relief enabling the client to optimally perform/exercise then we should do so. The only caveat I would introduce is ‘do no harm’ and any such taping is performed competently and correctly – we are not medically trained. If in doubt, refer.

The taping is there to enable a correct exercise posture to ensure correct  sequencing in muscle recruitment and therefore, exercise efficiency.

It will also help in posture re-education and help remind the client of the efficient movement patterns not only during exercise but daily living activities, if left on for some time. The fixamol helps prevent skin eruptions.

It will also reduce client costs by not referring when the solution is at hand.

Again, the client will be impressed both by your knowledge and ability to provide a solution.

Lastly, don’t we owe it to ourselves to access and acquire knowledge from all sources if only to increase our knowledge, skill sets  and competency?
 
Thought I might give a view from the trenches.
 
Patrick 
 





 
 
   
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