FAQ : How it works
FITNESS® evaluation consists of a 2-step evaluation procedure: flexibility,
strength and balance.

The 1st step in the OSTEOPATHIC FITNESS® evaluation
is a flexibility
exam utilizing the ARS AXIS RELEASE STRETCHING® method. This evaluation
of flexibility, and is designed to identify imbalances and limitations in motion
along with the identification of asymmetrical motion.

The philosophy behind the OSTEOPATHIC FITNESS® exam is that when
muscle tightness is noted, it is a representation of muscle weakness as opposed to
muscle tightness.

Rather than looking at the cause of Range Of Motion limitations being caused by
muscle tightness, the limitation in motion is addressed as a weakness in the
muscle or group of muscles that move the joint into the position of restriction.
This philosophy works off of the concepts related to the Law of Reciprocal
Inhibition. This law states that when a muscle contracts, it sends an inhibition
response to the antagonist muscle in order to allow for normal joint motion. This
law is true, based upon the assumption that normal neurological input is being
sent to the contracting muscles. Therefore, if proper neurological input is not
being sent to the contracting muscle or group of muscles, which could be caused
by a variety of potential factors, then the impulses that would inhibit contraction
of the antagonist muscles will also be affected.

The 2nd step in the OSTEOPATHIC FITNESS® evaluation is a follow up
to the ARS AXIS RELEASE STRETCHING® method  with the AXIS CORE ®
strength, balance and efficiency exam.
The strength balance and efficiency exam is designed to evaluate joint motion in
all positions of extremes in order to determine where the body cannot achieve its
motion. The information from the strength, balance and efficiency exam gives the
practitioner an idea of what muscle or group of muscles may not be functioning at
optimal levels. Once a limitation of efficiency in the muscle is identified, then the
particular muscles that move the joint into that position must be evaluated in
order to determine if there is proper strength and flexibility support.

The tests are performed as isolated muscle strength tests,
The representations of improved strength capabilities reaffirm this two fold
response: that the increase in mobility will directly correlate with the increased
capability of the muscle to contract.

In the OSTEOPATHIC FITNESS protocol, the goal is to “increase efficiency
in the muscle that demonstrates weakness. Once a position of weakness has been
identified, corrective exercises are performed in order to reinforce the strength of
the muscle and integrate it into functional movement patterns.
Osteopathic Fitness® is in no way affiliated or in connection with Osteopathy and Osteopaths and should therefore not be confused with Osteopathy.
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