REAL Movement is the first book to define true, integrated human motion, within the context of motor control theory. Adam Wolf synthesizes his experiences in the movement industry into a digestible introduction to integrated motion while providing assessment and progression strategies. In this book, Adam dives into understanding the interconnectedness of the body, within a framework where bones move, joints feel or perceive motion, and myofascia reacts to control the movement, all while being governed by the nervous system.
The reader will gain an understanding that the site of the injury typically isn’t the cause of the injury and is often the result of something doing too much because something above or below isn’t doing enough.
In-depth discussion includes:
- Qualities of integrated movement
- Naming 3-D joint motion
- Introduction to motor control theories
- Exercise/Movement Glossary
- Current research on fascia and its influence movement
- Clinical considerations sections with key points highlighted in each section
- Additional readings list at the end of each chapter
Adam Wolf’s REAL Movement Fascial Highways Video, an adjunct to the new book, Real Movement
This video was supplied by the presenter and is not an OTP production.The understanding of fascia has seen many developments in recent years. We now know the body, made up of an integrated system of fascial connections, allows combinations of tissue to lengthen together in order to control forces, while efficiently effectively controlling movement.
In current pain science, it’s now understood that the site of pain isn’t necessarily the cause of the pain—a limitation in one area affects the whole. It’s also recognized that pain produces inhibition; therefore, as we understand the principles of motor control theories, we can prescribe the correct combination of mobility and stability movements on an individual basis to help correct a problematic movement pattern. The body exists in 3D and must control gravity, ground reaction forces, mass, and momentum.
This video lecture and workshop explores fascia from the lens of integrated movement and motor control principles. The hands-on course teaches a principle-based approach to assess and test the relationships between muscles and fascial lines, while learning manual therapy techniques designed to improve overall function.
Additionally, Adam teaches strategies to load specific movements to improve tissue mobility. Using a principle-strategy-
“Adam Wolf and his REAL Movement is the real deal! He has a marvelous perspective on human motion that will change your view of movement.”
Dr. Perry Nickelston,
DC, NKT, SFMA Founder, Stop Chasing Pain
- Assessing fascial highways using integrated movement for all patient populations
- Mobility issues: manual and self-myofascial release techniques
- Structure-specific assessments for motion, mobility and stability
- Links in the chain: Why the site of pain isn’t always the cause of the pain
- Corrective techniques, design solutions and specific therapeutic exercises for stability limitations
- Identify anterior, posterior and lateral flexibility fascial highway function and discuss how these relate to movement
- Describe the principle-based assessment approach for bio-individuality, global, local and essentials of observation
- Examine the effects of specific fascial changes such as injury, myofascial restructuring, altered movement patterns and dysfunction
- Understand and discuss principles of motor control and the relationship of pain and inhibition.
- Discuss structure-specific integrated assessment techniques to test motion, mobility and stability of the hip, lumbopelvic complex and thoracic spine
- Correctly distinguish differences between reactive and traditional anatomy relative to integrated movement
- Successfully leave with treatment strategies for each body part or segment
“Anyone who has worked with Adam would initially characterize him as a “healer” and that would not remotely capture his brilliance. Adam is so much more than that; he intuitively understands that no modality, no method, nor procedure can outperform your body’s ability to heal itself. Adam is a facilitator and teacher who guides his patients’ intuitive abilities to heal themselves with a deep understanding between muscles, bones, nerves, tendons and spirit, and this book is a demonstration of that”
Marc Davis, 20-year NBA Referee
This is a three-part video set— a 2-day hands-on workshop, filmed and edited down to 3 hours and 43 minutes.
- What is optimal function?
- If dysfunctional, a combination of movement, nutrition, rest/recovery & behavior are out of balance
- Naming the planes of motion, influencing motion
- Drivers of body motion, behavior driver vs. biological driver vs. physical driver. A driver is a way to create a reaction.
- Defining vectors of motion relative to how to name motion
- Transformational zones, and how motion is assessed at transformational zones
- Bone position and joint motion are different. A foot that’s collapsed should still go through more collapsion. It’s the difference between motion and position.
- Discussion of bones spinning around axis in planes of motion
- Front foot in gait is bottom-up motion. Back foot in gait is top-down motion
- Continued discussion of naming motion at a joint. Bones move in the same direction and one moves faster or slower, relative to the first transformational zone at the hip and knee
- Assessing knee internal rotation at the first transformational zone
- Biomechanics of the second transformational zone of hip & pelvis top-down motion
- Assessing hip motion at 2nd transformational zone
- Discussion of post-surgery knee extension, and influence of soleus length & capsule tightness that limits knee extension during gait
- Definition of tensegrity relative to the human body
- Discussion of chemical reaction of how tissue binds together, and importance of slide and gliding of tissue
- Understanding how a flat foot will influence motion in the back, hip and shoulder, and truing the system
- Strategies to assess flexibility highways, plus progressions and regressions
- Using fascial highways as a warm-up, static to dynamic
- Spectrum of movement adding drivers and working both spectrums within a plane of movement
- Back hip in gait mobilization in standing
- On table hip & rearfoot assessment assessment
- Long axis hip & rearfoot distraction and influence on system—Is there a synchronous dissociation when long axis distracting?
- Assessment strategies, specifically tissue assessment
- Neurological or physiological tightness
- Attempt to find a relationship between upregulated and downregulated tissue
- Discussion of motor control principles and how stretching might be inhibiting tissue further and causing more dysfunction
- Foot assessment paper card test for intrinsic foot muscles, related to motor control
- Ability to map the cortical system to have independency and not interdependency
- Discussion on the process that occurs when someone is in pain, the importance of naming it to tame it
- Introduction discussion of pain science and not creating sympathetic responses in the system
- Pain gate theory
- Mobility vs. stability—increase mobility somewhere to stabilize somewhere else
- Soft tissue excursion vs. joint excursion vs. balance reach. Is it a soft tissue limitation or soft tissue limitation or motor control limitation?
- Discussion of closing angle joint restrictions
- Treatment strategies and pain vs. discomfort
- Hip shoulder relationships
- Hip shoulder complex assessment—is there sequential dissociation
- Integrated shoulder complex assessment—is there synchronous dissociation in each plane of motion?
- Progressions and regressions
- Start in integration, and if you can’t eliminate joints from movement, and if pain resolves, look in eliminated joints for dysfunction
- Assessing heads of humerus in joint space
- Discussion of table shoulder assessment
- Tensegrity principled soft-tissue release for subscap to change motor control relationship with tissue
- Motor control, off weight-bearing shoulder assessment
- Assessing reciprocal inhibitions in the shoulder complex
- Distraction vs. compression
- Lumbar facet joint pain
- Assessment and biomechanics of the lumbar facets
- Front foot in gait side, closed sagittal, closed frontal, open transverse, back foot in gait closed sagittal open frontal closed transverse
- Discussion of thoracic spine biomechanics and motion at first transformational zone
- Thoracic spine assessment practice
- Speeding up top bone vs. slowing lower bone
- Diaphragmatic breathing strategies with metronome
- Breathwork involved for creating parasympathetic response
- Diaphragm Rocktape application for feedback and to re-educate behavior pattern of not hinging with diaphragm breath
- Diaphragm assessment on a table utilizing muscle testing and therapy localization to find area of dysfunction
- Foot discussion
- Joints have motion and should have motion on either side of neutral
- Structure issues relative to having motion but never getting positioned
- Creating more ankle motion
- Driving fibular motion to not have anterior ankle binding during the second phase of gait
Throughout the workshop, Adam answers questions for the group, so you’ll finish watching with a satisfied feeling that you know what you need to know, and it’s up to you and your practice to make things happen. If you’re a physical therapist or clinician, these are same questions your clients have, and you’ll have a new level of confidence in your answers to their queries.
“Adam Wolf’s course came highly recommended by a respected colleague and I was not disappointed. Adam does a masterful job of synthesizing the latest in progressive functional and motor control assessment, treatment, and exercise prescription, then integrates it into manual-based programming the practitioner will find to be immediately clinically applicable. His course requires thought, attention, and some shifting of paradigms, but my patient outcomes have improved and my practice has grown as a result.”
Max Selich, PT
Adam Wolf, PT, LMT, FAFS, is a physical therapist, massage therapist and educator, known for creating innovative and effective treatment paradigms through combining a variety of approaches. He is a Fellow of Applied Functional Science (Gray Institute), Level 3 practitioner of Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), Functinal Neuro-Orthopedic Rehab (FNOR) practitioner, and is a Master Trainer for Rehab & Reconditioning for ViPR. His professional career spans nearly two decades and includes clinical management, consulting, education and performance and strength conditioning. His expertise lies in combining manual therapy with three-dimensional movement modalities to address the underlying causes of pain instead of simply treating symptoms. Adam presents internationally to rehabilitation and fitness professionals and practices as a partner in REALpt, located in downtown Chicago. He’s also the author of the new book, Real Movement.
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