How to Identify & Rehabilitate Hidden Spinal Injuries in your Clients

Matt Wallden

For most trainers working with new clients, their case history will encompass questions about a history of illness, operations and injuries… but did you know that nearly all of your clients – even those with no history of any pain or injury will have a spinal pathology lurking ready to be exposed?

Though this may seem a little scary, it is important to be aware of the reality that almost everyone you work with is an accident waiting to happen; whilst also appreciating that the human frame is very robust and has great capacity for compensation.

This being so, it is both useful to be able to identify where clients may be at risk, while also striving for more than simply “compensation”.

Matt’s perspective has always been that our role as trainers and coaches is to help our clients to realise their dreams, their goals and, in short, their fullest potential.

Often just the notion of spinal pathology, with its medicalised, complex, polysyllabic names can seem intimidating to the uninitiated… but Matt’s view is that there’s always simplicity in the complexity of things and spinal health and function is relatively easy to understand.   To be able to achieve this there are a number of simple tests and techniques that can be easily utilised to help you get the most out of your clients, and for them to get the most out of being your client!

Since the spine is the place from which movement emanates, it can be viewed as a “rate limiting factor” in human performance.  The healthier the spine, the more effective the movement patterns and force transmission it will allow.

In the workshop Matt is presenting with PT toolbox on Sunday 28th January, Matt will dig in to some of the key markers you can identify in your clients to gauge their risk of spinal injury, how to prevent it, and how to rehabilitate clients not only beyond pain, but back to optimal function and performance.

Who is Matt Wallden?

Matt trained as an Osteopath & Naturopath in the 1990’s completing a BSc (Hons) and, later a Masters in Osteopathic Medicine, then going on to train in the CHEK System between 2001-2005.  His ambition was to work in professional sports; a goal he achieved by 2003.  Since then he has contributed several chapters to various medical texts and has been the Editor of the Rehabilitation Section  for Elsevier’s Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies since 2009.  In 2006, Matt bought an early version of the Vibram Fivefingers and was the person who explained to Vibram that their “sailing shoe” had applications in rehabilitation and conditioning.  Matt presents here and abroad to post-graduate, undergraduate and various medical groups and has been part of the CHEK Faculty since 2006.  Matt lives in Surrey with his wife and 2 children.


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