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(Re)Defining the Core: The Key to Functional & Corrective Exercise
(Re)Defining the Core: The Key to Functional & Corrective Exercise


When:  Friday, July 12, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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Course Description:

Clinicians understand that lasting pain relief and truly improved fitness depend on core stability and peripheral mobility. But long-term results are elusive! It is generally agreed that to have peripheral mobility, you must have core stability. Functional exercise is any exercise which acknowledges this and engages the body for this express purpose.

Participants in this experiential and hands-on workshop observe (or act as test subjects!) as we use sEMG to explore the primary defensive bias governing the Central Nervous System, the body’s true Core. Once we have observed this bias, which we’ll call the “Twist,” we discuss how it leads to the most common functional problems. Rather than focusing on targeting areas for strength or stability, participants learn to correct movement dysfunction by directing appropriate exercise toward the CNS. These methods can be easily learned and applied by athletic trainers and related health and fitness professionals, massage therapists, physical and occupational therapists – anyone who uses exercise as part or all of their program. Participants will leave this seminar equipped with new knowledge and strategies to help move clients and patients through the vital steps toward lasting function: improved balance, coordination, and effortless posture.

  • Describe how measurable (visible) pathologies correspond with underlying muscle patterns
  • Explain the concept of learned motor patterns driving tissue adaption (Wolff’s Law)
  • Apply exercises which target the CNS to restore muscle inventory lost to compensation
  • Identify and correct defensive postural adaptation using a single integrated motion
  • Demonstrate movement strategies which are immediately and favorably integrated by the CNS, thus avoiding exercises which the body resists as “invasion”
  • Connect long standing physiological principles with puzzling clinical observations

  • Correctly defining the CORE is key to functional training
  • Rules of communication
  • How the technology explosion in healthcare impairs genuine communication
  • Why outcomes have not improved in an age of research data availability
  • The Definition Game: 10 ill-defined words we all rely on every day
  • Volunteers selected, skin preparation, system test
  • Single arm raise task in standing
  • Video and sEMG recording of test activity
  • We take requests: “Any movement you’re curious about? Let’s test it!”
  • Learning how the CNS sees muscles
  • Reviewing sEMG data to observe “chains” vs. groups
  • Muscles, mood, and movement (Cuddy, et al.; i.e., current research review)
  • CNS perspective: opposing chains with broken links
  • Implications of CNS as CORE: motor learning in an always on, 24/7, learning, adapting system
  • Lower quarter symptoms – most common underlying pathologies – The Core pattern as driver
  • Upper quarter symptoms – most common pathologies – the Core pattern as driver
  • Review of definitions from the Definition Game
  • How far off were we?
  • Recognizing the simple elegance of functional chains
  • Training vs exercise: targeting the CNS with structured, resisted movement
  • Opposing teams or an orchestra at work?
  • Crosstraining out of the Twist
  • Any exercise NOT countering the Twist is NOT functional
  • Workshop it!
  • Demo and practice: XC Skiing, backwards resisted walking, etc.
  • Best of the group brainstorming: FCT demo and SkiX activity
  • Signs of success: posture, balance, and youthful boldness
Targeted Audience
  • Massage Therapist (including Neuromuscular and Medical Massage Therapists)
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists

What to bring
  • Yoga mat
  • Participants should wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing or workout attire (yoga,/stretch type). This is a class where we learn and experiment with movement and exercise. It is NOT strenuous!


    Five years after a severe back injury in 1980, David Lemke, NMT, sEMG Tech began his apprenticeship as a massage therapist in Canada. After 10 years of successfully treating thousands of pain sufferers, he had a breakthrough when information from a kinesiological surface electromyography (sEMG) evaluation led him to discover that single manipulation freed a borderline frozen shoulder and eliminated nearly all the pain – and the results lasted. Mr. Lemke eventually developed a unique model of functional assessment using sEMG.

    Since the 1990s, his treatment has been relied on by top performing athletes, dancers and martial artists, those recovering from orthopedic surgeries, and generally stressed individuals. As a passionate interest, Mr. Lemke has enjoyed working with select special education teachers treating motor coordination problems in children diagnosed with learning disabilities. He is a Certified Dartfish Video Coach and uses slow motion video analysis of biomechanics in athletics and rehabilitation. He has used kinesiological sEMG (computer aided muscle analysis) in testing of exercise equipment, devices, and new treatment procedures as well as trained hundreds of specialized massage therapists for physical therapy and complementary healthcare clinics. Mr. Lemke was the primary consultant to Champions Sports Medicine (Dr. P.Z. Pearce, Ironman Medical Director, Spokane, WA) in the creation of their Biomechanics lab.

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    Speaker Disclosures:

    Financial: David Lemke receives commissions from Bioperformance Texas LLC and Flexsolate for demonstration and sales of the Functional Chain Trainer, as well as consulting. He receives a speaking honorarium for PESI, Inc.

    Non-financial: David Lemke has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
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