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Improving My Biomechanical Function for Function

May 31, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 136

Do you want to know how I have reversed the decline in my biomechanical function and how at 60 I function like an active 40 year old (maybe younger looking at some 40 somethings) Function as defined by the Gray Institute for Applied functional Science" is who you are, what you need, what you want to do: play tennis, walking, active working, gardening and everything else you do in life. You need to know that the techniques of Applied Functional Science are the best way to develop biomechanical function for an athlete in their prime, or regain it, if you are a weekend warrior, or getting older, or suffer from foot problems, calf muscle strains, knee problems or any other recurring biomechanical dysfunction. It has worked for me, transforming my biomechanical function.

To understand biomechanical dysfunction you first need to understand good biomechanical function: the way your body was designed to work, the neuromuscular-skeletal system operating in a chain reaction, in all three planes of motion working with gravity, ground reaction, mass and momentum. Applied Functional Science is based on proven and observable principles, tested and evaluated strategies with the resulting techniques individually geared to building on success.

I had a problem with the subtalar joint in my right foot resulting in achilles tendon soreness, calf muscle tightness, knee joint stiffness and a limited range of movement in my hips. Your symptoms might be the same but the cause might be different. Applied Functional Science therapists are concerned with individuals and treating individual functional dysfunction. The practical steps I took after my assessment by Troy Bradley (Gift Fellow, Applied Functional Science) about this time last year, included an orthotic for both shoes and a series of stretching and strengthening exercises to restore the biomechanical function I'd lost.

We need to understand that our bodies are designed to function in the most efficient way and if we have dysfunction, as a result of injury or lifestyle, our bodies cope by adapting to find the path of least resistance in function. In my case my body compensated for the problem in my right foot, by restricting my range of motion in the muscles and joints further up the chain.

It's probably true that most of the problems we have with biomechanical function originate in the foot, which might seem logical as it is the part of our bodies most often in contact with the ground and bearing our weight. Orthotics, a shoe insert designed to correct various foot dysfunctions is a growing industry and has a part to play in the process of restoring good biomechanical function throughout the body.

Have a look at this YouTube video by the Gray Institute on the true benefits of orthotics and the part they play in functional rehabilitation. Compare the Gray Institute stance on orthotics with the views of manufacturers and sellers of Orthotics at Vasyli Medical. I found the site informative, particularly the video section on the lower limb biomechanics.

I still use a set of orthotics fitted by Troy Bradley and know they play a part in my functional rehabilitation, but the biggest reason has been and is my daily exercise routines based on the techniques of Applied Functional Science and the functional equipment I use.

Vaughan Ebrahim

Licensed LTA Senior Club Coach

GI Foundation Applied Functional Science

I'm Vaughan Ebrahim and I invite you to read about my journey from functional oblivion to renaissance by visiting If your 40 to 60 years old and want to regain fitness for function, visit my site to see and read about how I've achieved, a metabolic age near the start of this age range when I'm actually very near the end of range.

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