Monday, June 24, 2019

Mobility of the Fore Arm Critical to Quality of Life

Fractures to the bones of the forearm are three times more common than to the bones of the wrist which are compact and protected by the bony prominences of the radius and ulna. If you hold your hand out in front of you, palm down, the radius is on the thumb side and the ulna is on the pinky side, culminating in the elbow at the other end. I am beginning to think in terms of defining "functional movement" as a general concept, and breaking it down into smaller parts: what I'm calling a "Move" or a unit of functional movement, similar to a word which makes up sentences. A "Move" is like a word that that is essential to a sentence, or a functional movement. For example, access to rotation of the fore arm is a critical MOVE that has to be working for any larger, more global movement., such as turning over your hand to pick up a pan off the stove. My expertise in Feldenkrais, and what I help students learn, is what is optimal? What is possible that you may not actually have access to out of unconscious habit? Then, I show you new options, which your nervous system integrates automatically, so that conscious learning, although fun, is only the tip of the iceberg of what you experience in Awareness Through Movement classes.

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