Closed Chain Biomechanics Of The Lower Limb

taught by Gary Ward
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  • 60 Videos
  • 48 Quizzes
  • 1 Text
  • 10 PDFs
  • 12.0 hrs

Course Curriculum

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Course description

The intention of this online course is to introduce you to the foundations of Gary's work, build on the insight you gained from reading What The Foot? and to put it all together in a format that creates the foundation for further work with Gary and /or Anatomy in Motion.

You are most likely used to observing and learning about biomechanics in an open chain environment, that is to say with the human body neither engaged with nor interacting with the ground. Essentially anatomy lying down. 

What we know at AiM is that things can change when we are upright and in motion; and it changes by creating organised movement arrangements of your joints and structures which ultimately help us to make sense of the muscles and the role they play in movement too. This programme highlights the anatomical inter-relationships of your joint structures that your body would ideally have access to in order to explore and enjoy optimal and efficient movement in your lower limb and even create a framework to liberate your whole body. The more efficient your base, the more balanced may be the spine.

In this course Gary introduces you to his five Big Rules of motion, the planes of motion he uses to observe the closed chain biomechanics of the hip and pelvis, before overlaying the muscles so that you can appreciate the role that muscles play in human movement - all is not as it first may seem!  Gary then works his way down to the knee, bringing in the knee muscles before getting down to his favourite subject - the foot, the foot joints and the corresponding soft tissue, which then enables us to work back up the body via the knee, filling in necessary gaps as work our way all the way back up to the pelvis to describe two very distinct structures - a pronating leg & a supinating leg.  These two overlooked shapes have huge bearing over the rest of the human body. The integrated interaction of the foot and leg bones come together to form movements with which we can both observe movement of the lower limb in an upright pattern and 'input' movement in a bid to get the structures of the foot, ankle and leg to function optimally once again. The AiM wedge makes an appearance as Gary educates you on the value of the wedge, what we use it for and how we use it to optimise the movements that our lower limbs crave so much.  Wedges can be purchased in the first chapter of the course. 

This course includes 9 chapters, 62 videos and 9 PDF support manuals. To complete your package, there is an exam with 100% pass requirement to earn your certificate and subsequent CPD points for your awarding body.

By the end of the course you will have a different appreciation for muscles, a new way of looking at muscles and new ways of considering, exploring and working with the anatomy of the lower limb. 

Ultimately this is an introduction to the AiM philosophy, a way of thinking about anatomy and even working with the anatomy.

Recently we began running this course as a two day workshop. Currently we are no longer in a situation to continue this. So we have taken it online for you. Rest assured, this is the EXACT same content we deliver in the two day course (simply without the live questions and interactions). For that reason, we believe it packs insane value. It takes you back to a time of self-guided learning. The material comes thick and fast and running through it once, does not mean you will understand it. Advantages are you will be able to ‘pause’ me and won’t be restricted by the boundaries of time.

We know that repetition is the ultimate form of learning and would like to express that the most advanced practitioners within our community benefit from re-visiting the basics over and over again. So not only pausing to experience the work, rewinding to hear it again but revisiting again and again until you are sure that the concepts are clear and carry over to your assessments and personal practice.

One thing to note is that there is, we believe, enough information within this programme to alter your understanding and appreciation of lower limb mechanics. Natural support for this programme comes in the form of my book “What The Foot?”, and our other online self-assessment programmes.

Inside the programme there is an option to buy the AiM wedge in addition to the programme and there is a module in the course that details, explains and demonstrates how and why we use the AiM wedges to influence and guide your anatomy.

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Instructor

Gary Ward
Gary Ward
Founder

I am Gary ward founder of Anatomy in Motion and creator of the Flow Motion ModelTM. Author of What The Foot. I teach, treat, travel and parent 😃

This work came about out of a deep curiosity of mine to understand HOW things move. As an all-round sportsman, I loved football, tennis, golf, swimming and skiing. Of later years I spend the majority of my time rock climbing both indoors and out. As a skier I was lucky enough to be introduced to the world of feet and taught very specifically how to fit a ski boot to a foot. I learned about and worked with feet over seven ski seasons developing an instant fascination for the rest of the human body. I qualified as a Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist and eventually began questioning the status quo of education in this area. Countless courses to help with back pain or how to work out “correctively” kept coming up blank until I began bringing the feet back into my work – why was nobody else talking about feet?

As a Personal trainer, all of my work was done stood upright on the mats. When I put feet together with the rest of the body in this upright environment, I instantly recognised that they played an important part in the movement potential of the upper body. Change the feet, change the upper body. I discovered that feet actually move. Feet are not designed to be stabilised and locked down in orthotics. We can create that movement in our feet and this miraculously, somehow, changed the possibilities for movement higher up. Alleviating the stresses that the upper body was experiencing. Movement in our feet is of paramount importance for the liberation of our human body. I investigated the movement relationships from the feet upwards until I had mapped out the whole gait cycle; what I now call the Flow Motion ModelTM. The journey of every single bone through three dimensions for the duration of a single footstep. To my mind nobody else has done this. I aim to publish it as soon as I can – a work that has been ongoing for nearly four years now. 

This has lead to some interesting times. New ways of educating bodyworkers. New lines of work for people in pain. New possibilities for assessing your own body and thus the possibility of taking ownership of your own body and no longer having to rely on the outdated practices that are common in our industry.

We don’t seek to heal the problem. We seek to create an environment in your whole body that creates the opportunity for healing to take place. On a much higher level – moving from a local level to a systemic level. To heal the whole system through movement alone is the goal and I believe is also a very distinct possibility. Integrated movement has the possibility of taking pressure of your whole system.

In this online education area you have the opportunity to take ownership of your body’s physical (and systemic) wellbeing while also learning the truth about human movement and using the principles on both yourself and your clients.

I urge you to take responsibility and ownership of your education as well as your body. It’s your finest guide for learning about the subject of anatomy and is also the vehicle you were given to explore life with. 

I hope to enable you to wake up parts of your body you have long been trying to awaken and to thrive in a body that you not only understand but come to respect in a whole new way as well.