Clapham Manual Therapy and Functional Movement

What is functional movement?

At Backs Etc, we define functional movement as the ability to move the body with efficient and pain-free muscle function and joint control. This is necessary for activities of daily life, as well as in sport and athletics. Many people who have been sedentary for a period of time decide to throw themselves into a fitness goal such as running a marathon or a weight-loss target, without proper preparation and conditioning.  The poor movement patterning, and lack of attention to core stability and strength, often lead to injury or niggling aches and pains.  We call this robbing health to pay fitness rather than progressing to long-term improvements in health and strength.

what is functional movement?

We like to use the analogy of someone who wants to write a novel or a symphony. Before undertaking such a task, a writer would need to learn spelling, punctuation and grammar, and a composer would have to be proficient with notes, scales and harmony.

Similarly, before we undertake any physical activity, be it playing a game of rugby or carrying a bag of groceries, we need to ensure that all our joints, muscles and even brains are ready and able to perform the demands placed on them. Unfortunately the stresses and strains of modern life, and a history of injuries detract from our movement literacy, making most adults unable to do basic things such as a full squat, sitting comfortably on the floor or breathing abdominally. We look to help you recover these abilities and so decrease the risk of injury and pain while improving athletic performance.

Training Methods

Backs Etc. movement training is designed to integrate seamlessly with our therapy treatment sessions to allow you to address and improve any dysfunctional movement patterns that have been identified. This will reduce the risk of re-injury after treatment has finished to assist you in reaching your performance goals whether that is completing an obstacle race, keeping up with your kids or working all day pain-free.

We are also more than happy to take on movement clients who aren’t currently in pain but want to revamp their workout to restore optimum movement function.  After an initial movement assessment appointment, we will develop a personalised programme for you based on your goals and abilities. These are not cookie-cutter programmes, but are created bespoke for each client, and will take into account your objectives and available space and time to train, whether you want to work out at home or at the gym.

Mobility, strength, muscular endurance and motor control can be addressed utilising a variety of methods including, but not limited to, flexibility training, bodyweight exercises, kettlebells, weights, and suspension training (TRX). Core stability via breathing retraining is at the heart of what we do. Strength and mobility need to be built on a stable platform, so a key component of our training is ensuring that you are working from a solid foundation. After all, you can't fire a cannon from a wobbly canoe.

We strive to create programmes that can be performed at home to fit in with your busy schedules, and that are individually tailored to help you achieve your specific health and fitness goals, whether that is running a marathon, playing a sport, losing weight, or just feeling great.