Anatomy Trains-Myofascial Meridians
Early in his career, Dr. Plutchok took some coursework by Tom Meyers, the author of Anatomy Trains. The 12 ‘myofascial meridians’ in the Anatomy Trains system join the individual muscles you learned into functional complexes within the fascial fabric – each with a defined anatomy and ‘meaning’ in human posture and movement. Anatomy Trains leads to practical new holistic strategies to improve stability, coordination, and resolve long-standing compensations in postural and movement patterns. It provides a global understanding of the ‘neuromyofascial web’ that we call ‘Spatial Medicine’. It helps optimize the mechanical relationships in the body – either to repair injury or improve artistic or athletic performance.
SFMA - Selective Functional Movement Assessment
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a set of seven full-body movement tests evaluated and scored in patients experiencing pain. The assessment logically breaks down dysfunctional patterns pinpointing the root cause as a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem. Depending on the results, manual therapies or corrective exercises will be used as treatment.
Functional Hallux Rehabilitation
The cause of most movement related injuries are rooted in one or more of the following components: bio-mechanical, neurological, and soft tissue. The most important of these being bio-mechanical, as it’s usually the primary cause of the injury. Functional Hallux Rehabilitation is the work that we use to correct improper walking/running biomechanics. Functional Hallux Rehabilitation was developed by my partner Dr. Chad Wells, DC, and consists of 3 Phases: Examination, Correction, Prevention.
Gait Analysis and Video Biomechanics
Dr. Plutchok took coursework with The Running Clinic, an evidenced based approach to preventing and treating running injuries. We utilize both in office and treadmill video gait analysis to assess running, jogging, and walking patterns that may be contributing to pain and dysfunction. Many aches and pains are only present with movement, and cannot be detected or diagnosed lying flat on a table. This dynamic assessment allows us to investigate further into what movements or imbalances may potentially be hurting or keeping you from healing. We can suggest drills, corrective exercises, footwear assessment, and if need be orthotics.