The case of the wonky man who became straight

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I've had a few requests for some real life Precision Movement case studies.  I do love suggestions and I also love sharing my success stories with you.  So meet Mr G, a man in his early 60s, who approached me to work with him after a recent diagnosis of a degenerative central nervous system disorder.  He had previously engaged in some exercise but his posture was poor and he had several injuries and surgeries in the past.  His main goal for working with me was to improve his posture and gain better stability and strength to be as well as possible physically to cope with whatever happens in future.  Here is what happened...

Just a mini disclaimer to say I have tried to make this as readable as possible - not too technical and dry.  I've also reduced it down so it's not too long.  With that said, I do hope you enjoy getting a deeper look into the inner workings of how I actually help people and could help you too!

Day 1 - The Assessment

As you can see from the photos below his posture needed attention.  His assessment results showed that his upper back was too rounded and his low back had no curve at all.  He was also stiff in his neck, shoulders, spine, and hips and a severely restricted right knee. The biggest visual discrepancy you can see from the photos is that his right hip was 7 degrees higher than the left and his left shoulder was 5 degrees higher than the right.  There were many more complex results from his initial assessment but for the purposes of giving a digestible overview I won’t divulge any more.

Case Study by KT at Precision Movement
Case Study by KT at Precision Movement

Weeks 1-6

The first stages of training focused on breathing mechanics, teaching him core function so he understood it consciously and was able to then activate and have awareness of this during exercises. I also focused on opening up the areas of Mr G's body that were locked and tight with a series of bespoke mobilizations and stretches.  I worked specifically to target the muscles that were contributing to his mal-alignment – notably the tightness of the right side of his body that was causing the shoulder and hip height discrepancies.   I then taught Mr G specific exercises to strengthen the areas around his shoulders and pelvis.  After just 6 weeks he had significant improvements in alignment and joint stability.

Weeks 7-12

Once a base level of stability and alignment was established I continued to work on this as well as improving Mr G’s neuromuscular (brain and muscle) communication to wake up and continually stimulate his central nervous system.  After 12 weeks you can see from the photos that Mr G’s hip and shoulder heights were almost equal.   His spinal curves had improved although still needed more work.  His head carriage (position of the head in relation to the body) reduced by a third.  His shoulder blades moved 2cm closer towards his spine.  He had a significant increase in hamstring (back thigh) and quadriceps (front thigh) flexibility as well as internal and external rotation at the hip.  He was able to successfully stabilize his hips and shoulders whilst his legs and arms moved around the joints.  Most notably he ‘grew’ 2.5cm. 

Case Study by KT at Precision Movement
Case Study by KT at Precision Movement

In Mr G's words

"I signed up for KT's 12 week course when I had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.  I felt that I should be as well as possible physically to cope with whatever happens in future.  KT devised a programme specifically for me and within a short period I was seeing fantastic results.  I am most definitely taller and much better physically.  I cannot count the number of very flattering comments I get from old friends as well as feelingsignificantly stronger.  KT also makes detailed records of all aspects of my body and the results at the end of the course are there for all to see.  Now that my 12 week schedule is over I will see KT on a regular basis every 6 weeks to ensure that I am following the programme she has set me correctly.  Her demeanour and knowledge make her an excellent and caring coach and she always knew how to flatter me to get the best out of me!  I have no hesitation in recommending her."

For more information on how KT can help you get out of pain, improve your posture and gain strength please contact her on 07515 856 009 or email KT@precisionmovement.co.uk.