First Principles of Movement
“First principles thinking is the act of boiling a process down to the fundamental parts that you know are true and building up from there.”
Over 2000 years ago, Aristotle defined a first principle as “the first basis from which a thing is known.”
“When we’re faced with complex problems, we default to thinking like everybody else. First principles thinking is a powerful way to help you break out of this herd mentality, think outside the box and innovate completely brand new solutions to familiar problems.”
Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, says there’s a better way to innovate: start with a blank slate and use first principles.
My programs are an attempt to bring First Principles scientific logic to the Movement field. In this way I strive to make it easier for you in an era of information overload to integrate from the millions of methods & dozens of systems the most efficient approach for your client, patient or athlete. N=1 is our philosophy. “The individuals profile drives our program”
“Don’t be a slave of the methods. The methods should serve the goals.” Dr Karel Lewit
“Time spent in assessment will save time in management.” Pr Vladimir Janda
A 12 Day Program linking the Prague School of Dr Lewit & Pr Janda to modern Athletic Development.
Goal: Learn an agile, upstream approach to promoting
Taught in three 2.5-3 Day Workshops each followed by a series of 1 day Bridge the Gap sessions.
Read about the course offerings below, then check out Dr. Liebenson’s course schedule to find the course(s) nearest you.
These are interactive, problem-solving workshops. You can start at any point in the program (since they are divided up topically).
Dr Liebenson discusses the Clinical Audit Process/Assess-Correct-Reassess Video from Stanford, 2014
WHY Should One Choose to Participate in the FPM series?
WHAT Can You Expect to Learn?
The FPM “Best Practices” series is an ideal prep for changing one’s paradigm from –
Learning Objective: To efficiently integrate the “best practices” from the fields of rehabilitation, pain management, athletic development, & behavioral modification for preventing disability & transitioning the chronic rehabber to resilent, sustainable activity tolerance & peak performance.
It takes passion, study & experience to learn how to be STRONG in this model. As Pavel Tsatsouline says “You are strong when you can make the hard easy”. Thus, EFFICIENCY is one of our hallmarks. The other is INTEGRATION since its better to “be a learn it all, not a know it all”. The goal of this program is to teach the mastery mindset, namely learning the nuances that come from gritty determination.
Our Philosophy: The key to a return to participation, a sustainable approach to activity, & enhancing human performance is baking positive lifestyle choices/optionality into our environment. This epitomizes an agile, upstream mindset with minimal downside risk.
Part A - REHAB TO ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT: BEST PRACTICES
“Function better to feel better”
Developing an Agile Mindset for Sustainable Human Performance
The 4 Principles
Steps of Training/Care
Assessment of the Torso
Training the torso
Resilency: Becoming durable like Phoenix
How to Build & Monitor Load Tolerance
Finding the “Silent Killer” – The LASS Profile
Spine Sparing Strategies
Developmental & Archetypal (primal) Re-sets
Part B - BUILDING RESILENCE: THE TRAINABLE MENU
“The hardest thing you do well”
Trainable Menu Concept
Foot/Ankle Stability: What is the role of the dead foot?
Single Leg/Frontal Plane Stability
Dynamic Warm-up, Quick Feet & Plyometrics
The Hamstring, Groin & Hip Dilemma
Video overview with testimonials of how Dr Liebenson’s programs can transform your practice.
Part C – RECOVERY, ACTIVE REST & RE-SETS: THE KEY ROLE OF THE AFFERENTS
The role of the feet & sensory afferents
- The Dead Foot
- Sensory blindness
- The special role of the first MTP
- Sensory-Motor stimulation starting from the sole of the foot
Active rest – Tuning the body
- Phillip Beach & primitive re-sets
- Rolling patterns
Joint by joint approach starting from the ground up (from MTPs to TMJ)
- The role of joint dysfunction in faulty movement patterns
- Synergist substitution & relative tightness: are tight traps a key link or trap?
- Irradiation & potentiation: prioritizing movement preps for efficiency
- Acc. to Gray Cook does a stiff area on passive & active testing always require mobilization?
- How manual therapists & trainers can work together in athlete-centered management
The T4 “dead zone”
- Kinetic chain effects on lumbar spine, head & neck, and shoulder girdle
- Breathing dysfunction
- Postural conspiracy
- Workstation ergonomics
- Lifestyle – “inactivity crisis”
- Vertical foam WOD & thoracic mobility options
Post-isometric relaxation methods for inhibition of tight muscles & joint mobilization
- Why self-mobilization > manual therapy
- The role of manual therapy in the athlete-centered Trinity (athlete/coach/manual therapist)
- Traction, springing & joint oscillations
- Fascial release according to Lewit
- Exteroceptive therapy
- Scars as sabateurs
- The fibular head & tight hamstrings
- The painful coccyx post-partem pain
- The pelvic floor & sacrotuberous ligament
- Psoas & QL in trunk rotation dysfunction
- Respiratory & visual synkinesis
- Ideal manipulative therapy methods for acute care or the elderly
- Distinguishing neuromuscular from connective tissue sources of hypertonus
- Dizzyness & post-concussion syndrome
- TMJ, speech & eye movements
- Manual traction procedures for hip, lumbar spine, shoulder & cervical spine
- Forward drawn posture – lumbo-dorsal fascia, fibular head & gluteal inhibition
- Integrating Manipulation & Exercise
The Clinical Audit Process
- Profile > Program
- Key Performance Indicators
- Empathy & Trust through relatedness
- User experience & empowerment
- Confidence & self-efficacy
- Deductive learning
Bridge the Gap (BTG) Courses – One Day updates linking each course
- Review the concepts & implementation of the A,B & C programs
- While the 3 day workshops cover the Science & Rationale or WHY of the series along with the craft, skill, methods or WHAT. The BTG programs emphasize HOW to integrate the course work in different environments.
- 1. The 4 Principles of Management2. The Individualized Profile3. The Scientific Method & Assess-Correct-Reassess4. Movement Screen Practical5. Case Management Problem-Solving