Kinetic Integrations Blog

  • Upcoming Event: Movement Optimization – Essentials, Portland, OR, September 15-16, 2018

    Movement Optimization: Portland OR September 15-16, 2018 (Professionals: Early Bird $299.00 – At site $349.00. Students $199.00) Movement Optimization: Portland OR September 15-16, 2018 Student Registration $ 199.00

  • The Interval Training Buzz – What Is New? Part 2

    While the study results mentioned in Part 1 of The Interval Training Buzz – What Is New? post are encouraging, if not spectacular, there are some things to take into consideration: Most studies were done on a stationary bicycle (yes, … Continue reading

  • The Interval Training Buzz – What Is New? Part 1

    Let me start by saying that I rather work a sweat lifting weights, climb a mountain, split or log heavy pieces of wood than to do “cardio” but I’d like to clarify what I think about Interval Training. It seems … Continue reading

  • Is Movement Self-Organized?

    You might think, what does this mean, movement is self-organized? Well, let me explain this to you and why an understanding of this concept is important. I have personally said this over and over again, “the body does not care … Continue reading

  • Cueing Your Clients Correctly Is Important

    The older I get and the more I learn about the human brain, and exercise, the more I realize that we cannot ignore the fundamentals of training. One of those fundamentals is cueing. Sounds simple doesn’t it? As health and … Continue reading

  • Throwing Shoulder Pain

    Shoulder pain is a common complaint among baseball players, especially pitchers. Pain experienced during the throwing motion results in the inability to throw with velocity, causing what is commonly referred to as “dead arm” syndrome. The cause of pain is … Continue reading

  • Still Doing Swiss Or Physio Ball Exercises?

    The Swiss ball, is also known as  physioball, balance ball, birth ball, body ball, fitness ball, gym ball, gymnastic ball, Pilates ball, Pezzi ball, sports ball, stability ball, Swedish ball, therapy ball, or yoga ball. This ball is constructed of … Continue reading

  • Switching over to Working Out On Free-Motion Equipment?

    Within the overall category of strength training equipment, machines may be characterized as fully stabilized or unstabilized.  Fully stable devices, either fixed path or cable-based, offer full body support in the presence of a seat or a bench.  Unstabilized devices … Continue reading

  • Are Movement Dysfunctions Not Dysfunctional At All?

    Health and exercise professionals that apply corrective exercise strategies to their clients should ponder upon the following question: are movement dysfunctions really dysfunctional at all? If we look up the definition of the word dysfunctional, we soon realize that all … Continue reading

  • Lumbar Multifidi With Low Back Pain

    Several studies have been performed pertaining the lumbar multifidi (MT) in individuals with LBP. Starting 1994, Hides et al. reported finding significant ipsilateral atrophy in the lumbar multifidi in this population. Hides followed-up with similar subjects for 10 weeks and … Continue reading

  • Training Ourselves Into Movement Dysfunctional Patterns?

    Kinetic Integrations emphasizes that Movement Dysfunctions are not only caused by pain or injury, but also because of a sedentary lifestyle, repetitive movements as well as incorrect movements. Although athletes and active individuals are not sedentary at all they are … Continue reading

  • Direction of Motion With Low Back Pain

    After Cresswell study on abdominal pressure, the Australians Hodges and Richardson studied the activation pattern of the trunk musculature associated with upper extremity movement. Subjects without low back pain (LBP), showed that the TrA was the first muscle activated and … Continue reading

  • Squat a Little

    It’s hard to dispute that our so-called modern western world has adopted a far more sedentary lifestyle compared to the previous generations.  This sedentary lifestyle has lead to an epidemic of not only metabolic disorders such as obesity, but also … Continue reading

  • Breathing Patterns Become Dysfunctional After Low Back Pain

    Kinetic Integrations has observed that clients who have suffered from low back pain will reflexively change their breathing pattern and will become abdominal breathers, creating a breathing movement dysfunction. Associated with this incorrect breathing pattern is a deactivation of the … Continue reading

  • Intra-Abdominal Pressure With Low Back Pain

    In the early 1990’s, a number of researchers looked at the role and activation patterns of the trunk muscles as they related to the concept of spinal stability. In Sweden, Cresswell et al. reported a series of studies indicating that … Continue reading

  • Indeperpedent Subsystems With Low Back Pain

    Panjabi et al. proposed a concept for understanding spinal stability, injury, dysfunction and recovery, asserting that there are three interdependent subsystems that function to stabilize the spine: the passive, active and neural subsystems: The passive musculoskeletal subsystem includes the spine … Continue reading

  • Lumbar Spine With Low Back Pain

    A wise man once said “if you know where you come from, then you know where you are going.” In other words “if you know your past, you know your future.” Both quotes are definitely applicable for those dealing with … Continue reading

  • Understanding Pain

    Kinetic Integrations respects pain as pain makes us change to way we move and stabilize our body; in fact, pain creates movement dysfunctions. Now, for normal movement to return not only pain but also the behaviors it effects must be … Continue reading

  • Vibration Training Concepts

    The moment I got introduced to our PowerPlate whole body vibration (WBV) equipment I got hooked on it. I wondered why doing just a simple stationary squat exercise made my legs tired after just 60 seconds of exposure and why … Continue reading

  • Return to Functional Movement Training

    Although the body seems to be made up out of different parts and that muscles seem to have independent actions, all of these assumptions go out the window when we move. While I am not suggesting that you should not … Continue reading

  • Is Core Stability Just a Myth?

    For a few decades now, the terminology “core stability” has been accepted as synonymous to good health. It is common knowledge that optimal core stability resolves low back pain and increases performance. A whole industry grew out of this stability … Continue reading

  • Abdominal Hollowing

    The Abdominal Hollowing method to stabilize the spine is based on the Richardson philosophy of trunk stabilization. Often rehabilitation and exercise specialists will use this method of stability as they feel that trunk stabilization retraining should start with reestablishing local … Continue reading

  • Abdominal Bracing

    The Abdominal Bracing method to stabilize the spine is based on the McGill philosophy of trunk stabilization. Often heavy weightlifters will use this method of stability as they feel they can exert maximum force out of this position. To instruct … Continue reading