Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) is a specialised and gentle technique that focuses on the relationship between the sacrum (base of the spine) and the occiput (base of the skull) and their ability to promote the movement of cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) to the brain and throughout the nervous system. SOT also recognises the important role of normal cranial function in health and disease and thus addresses cranial and sutural issues within the adjustment. SOT consists of a three category system that is used to assess, diagnose and treat dysfunction within the body. Our nervous system can only function optimally when body structures are balanced and our pelvis is stable. This is essentially what SOT aims to achieve.
I became intrigued in the FMS, SFMA & Y Balance Test systems while watching a video interview between Dr. Greg Rose of the Titleist Performance Institute and Gray Cook, co-Founder of FMS and SFMA. The information and research behind the systems caught my attention and as a result I attended the FMS and SFMA seminars to obtain a more in depth knowledge. I then completed the Clinical Integration Mentorship for FMS. Everything simply made sense with finding a reproducible method of analyzing movement and using the proper rehabilitation behind it.
I am a Certified FMS Level 1 and SFMA Level 1 Practitioner and passionate about making a real difference for people to improve their movement, both in daily activity, sport and training. The prevention of injury and detection of imbalances and asymmetries is a key component of the screening.
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We begin the SFMA with seven top-tier assessments. These tests are used to determine the breakouts we use to separate pain and dysfunction when possible, and will help identify movement patterns where exercise is indicated or contraindicated.
The SFMA navigates the musculoskeletal assessment when pain is present. It is helpful during the initial patient examination, although some acute problems make it impractical at the outset. Outside of exposing dysfunctional regions that may complicate the examination process, the SFMA offers a unique perspective for corrective exercise in a clinical setting.
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To put it simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS can identify functional limitations and asymmetries in the body. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training, physical conditioning, and distort body awareness.
The FMS generates a score of 0-21 which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns. We monitor the FMS score to track progress and identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.
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As part of the Functional Movement Systems, the Y Balance Test is a thoroughly researched, easy way to test a person’s risk for injury as well as demonstrate functional symmetry. When the results of the Y Balance test are entered into the Move2Perform software you get your client’s personalized injury risk and peer performance measure according to age, gender, and sport/activity.
Move2Perform is a movement measurement and analysis tool that identifies deficits and risk of injury. Move2Perform products have been studied with overwhelmingly positive results, published in peer reviewed literature, and adopted by the US military and professional sports teams internationally.
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I have been a Chiropractic patient since I was about five years old. My mum attended and I was suffering hay fever so she took me in to have a check up and it helped me. I’ve always held a philosophy of let the body heal itself and the Chiropractic approach makes sense. Keep the nervous system working and the body can function at its optimal capacity.
There are many techniques practiced and certain ones suit people better. I take a musculo-skeletal approach where I like to look at both what muscles may be tight and what bones may need aligning. In addition I prefer low force techniques and find great results with practicing them. I’m lucky because I also live in one of the most beautiful places in world! Perth, Western Australia. We can exercise outdoors in every season and we have world class athletes in every sport.
I love what I do and I believe strongly in the unique services that I offer my patients.
These days, stress is so common it’s often seen as “normal.” Since it’s unlikely that we can eliminate stress in our lives, improving our ability to withstand and accommodate it is important for our health.
There’s good stress and bad stress.
Generally, stress falls into three categories:
Physical Stress – Repetitive motions (painting the ceiling), postural distortions (falling asleep with your neck twisted) and whiplash injuries from a car accident are physical stresses. So are slips and falls. Even a difficult birth or learning to walk.
Emotional Stress – Ever face an impossible deadline at work? Or grieved the loss of a loved one? Notice the posture of someone who is depressed. Anger, or a sense of hopelessness, are common forms of emotional stress that may affect the spine.
Chemical Stress – Today’s environment constantly assaults us with chemicals. Drugs, preservatives, tobacco, alcohol, pollen, pet dander, detergents, fabric softeners and a host of other substances that can affect our nervous system and muscle tone.
Stress produces a reaction in your body. Besides increased levels of stress hormones, the fight or flight response may produce spinal joint dysfunction. Think of it as your body’s circuit breaker.
Chiropractors aim to improve nervous system function primarily through chiropractic adjustments (with particular attention to the spine, skull and pelvis), to help remove any interference that may be impairing normal health.
Chiropractic has been helping people of all ages with a variety of health issues for over a century without the use of drugs or surgery.
Chiropractors get proven results with these specific health conditions by using the best available evidence from research, the preferences of the patient and the expertise and personal experience of the individual chiropractor.
The clinic philosophy at West Coast Family Chiropractic is based on simple, common-sense principles. They serve as a guide as we assess your health, explain what we’ve found and make our specific care recommendations.
Chiropractic is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system. Chiropractic works by helping to restore your own inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissue, and organs of your body are designed to function well and resist disease and ill health. A common interference to the nervous system is the 24 moving bones of the spinal column. A loss of normal motion or position of these bones can irritate or impair the function of the nervous system. This can disrupt the transmission of controlling nerve impulses.
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“A health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.” World Federation of Chiropractic
Specialty Low Force Equipment
We use a mix of equipment for low force adjusting and soft tissue mobilisation. This equipment is designed specifically for Chiropractors, promoting specific care so we can really work the areas of involvement and see results.
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