Safe Core Training for Older Clients with Back Issues – Part II

In the last edition of Integrative Movement Insider™ (IMI) we discussed the first two of three keys when working with our older clients that have advanced spinal conditions such as:

  • Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease).
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal or nerve canals).
  • Spondylolisthesis (slipping of the vertebrae).

The three keys in actuality are the principles of the Integrative Movement System™ and form the foundation of how we train our older clients. We refer to them fondly as the Foundational A, B, C’s.

  • Alignment: We help our older clients achieve more optimal alignment – to the best of their ability – of their thoracopelvic cylinder (TPC). When the thorax is better positioned over their pelvis the spinal joints are better positioned for loading and there tends to be less overall compensation.
  • Breathing: We help our older clients improve their ability to breathe three-dimensionally – or the ability to access the entire TPC – in their breathing strategy.  Three-dimensional breathing helps support optimal:  mobility, stability, and decompression of the trunk, spine, and pelvis, which enables the individual to suspend and decrease compressive loads to the lower spine, pelvis, and even hips.

Recall that the ability to suspend – create less compression of the trunk, spine, and pelvis – is one of the most important things we can do with our clients that have advanced spinal conditions.

If you missed that video, you can check it out here.

In this video, I will discuss ‘C’ – Control – the third key and principle of the Integrative Movement System™. We must teach our clients how to control their thoracopelvic cylinder while dissociating the limbs.

While there are many core exercises you can use, I will use one pattern we commonly use with our own older clients – the med ball and cable chop pattern – to demonstrate how to incorporate the A, B, C’s into a functional exercise.

If you are looking for more resources on how to work with general population clients with spinal conditions, then check out our brand new on-line education resource:  The Institute for Integrative Health & Fitness Education.

We have created a three- hour program jam-packed with information on improving function of the thorax and core using the Foundational A, B, C’s.

Check out this resource if you want to discover how to use the principles of the Integrative Movement System™ and help your general population clients train safely so they can achieve their health and fitness goals.

We’ll catch you next week where I will continue to answer your questions relating to helping you be the industry expert your general population clients need and want.