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Old 16-05-2017, 01:08 AM   #1
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Default Hello from a middle-aged layperson

Moral: Never send a research scientist a patient/client intake form with odd-seeming jargon on it.

The Tale: I'm a fifty-something research scientist who's noticed loss of strength and function in many settings over the last few years. I'm not an athlete, but I'm a homeowner and a gardener; I want to be able to carry my half of a sheet of plywood, wrangle garbage cans full of homemade compost, and dig a lot of dandelions without cramping up and/or aching.

Many years ago a physical therapist told me my body tended to use the wrong muscles to do various jobs; a massage therapist (PUSH therapy) has told me the same. Pilates has been suggested as a good thing for me to try, but then 2 professionals I trust suggested a particular physical trainer. We talked last week, he emailed me some forms to fill out before my in-person consultation and assessment tomorrow ... and one question was, "Do you own any Z-Health/FMS training products?"

It turns out that if you google "Z-Health", and read the site, and then you google "Z-Health review", you end up here!

I've spent the last 6 hours combing this site and its links. I've cancelled my in-person consultation and assessment with the Z-Health/FMS/DNS/Chek trainer, and now am trying to get some idea of what might be a good avenue to pursue. I appreciate all the resources here, but will also take suggestions!

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Old 16-05-2017, 02:33 AM   #2
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You really shouldn't read Titanic III or any of the Sunday series preceding it.

I'm glad you're here. Now that you've read some of this, it strikes me that you might have noticed that the scientific method hasn't been used as anticipated.

Would you agree?
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Old 16-05-2017, 01:06 PM   #3
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Hi Leslie!
First, "using the wrong muscles" is a very big stretch for anyone to conclude - and I doubt it.
Second, if you find yourself cramping or aching, there are many factors that could be at play here, and it is impossible to provide any deep advice regarding your concern.
One thing I CAN say is that you could get into a regular yoga practice (a yoga flow) for helping awareness of what your body needs and attain some physical goals.

A mix of flexibility and strength are good things to pursue generally as we age (I am 65, so I feel comfortable using that word with you!).

I would certainly not get into any extensive "programmes" that "target" specific postures, supposed "weaknesses" in muscle patterns - there is simply not enough in your history thus far to suggest you need that.
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You've forgotten to mention that postures and weaknesses might be blamed for any complaint of pain.

After all, the therapist (whomever they might be) knows more than the patient, and the patient is driven by many things.

Just thought I'd say that.
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Hi Leslie, welcome to Somasimple.
Any of Paul Hodges research in the last 10 years or so (and he is a good researcher who has killed a lot of wrong ideas, even a few he himself once held dear) indicates that the brain uses different muscles (motor control strategy) every time it does a movement. Every single time.
Even if the same action were repeated (identically, to an outside observer) a hundred times.
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