Very similar to Active Release Therapy

Dynamic Release is an effective approach to treating soft tissue injuries and the pain that results from the injury. Very similar to Active Release Therapy, this is a manual, hands-on technique designed specifically to find scars in damaged tissue and release the adhesions that result. When applied correctly, this can improve range of motion, promote flexibility and improve recovery time.

Maintain Client Health, Prevent Injuries and Improve Form

An effective modality that is used by massage therapists (named as “pin and stretch”) and physiotherapists can easily be translated to the scope of a personal trainer. As a massage therapist, this modality comprises a large portion of my rehabilitation treatments and even homecare for clients. As a personal trainer/kinesiologist I use it to maintain client health, prevent injuries and improve form.

A more effective alternative to simple active or passive stretching, this method provides clients with the one-on-one care they expect while providing physiological benefits they can feel. The process involved “pinning” down a part of the muscle on combination with either a passive or active movement of that muscle. Including passive movement mechanically affects the muscle fibres being targeted. Having the client do the movement actively leads to integration of the neurological and musculoskeletal system to provide long-term positive results, however this does not make a mechanical difference persay. Which method you choose will depend on the client goals, where the mobility barrier is, whether the client currently has pain in that area and previous/current injuries.

Limitations in mobility during exercises is the main reason a personal trainer would utilize dynamic release. For example, a client struggling during an overhead press may find benefit from release of the latissimus dorsi. This not only increases the overhead range of motion but also increases the muscle fibres available for recruitment through reduction of adhesions. The same can be done for deadlifts and squats to help perfect form. However, it is important to remember that it is not within your scope as a personal trainer to provide diagnosis, manual therapy or joint mobilizations. If your client needs these, it is best done by a professional who has spent years training in these techniques.

About the Author

Muscular imbalances and rehabilitation of injuries has fascinated me since I started my Kinesiology degree. During these years, I realized the benefit for clients when manual therapy is used for a combined approach.

My clinic, Mad Bodies, aims to provide a clinical approach to massage therapy with active rehabilitation so that clients can get back to doing what they love, injury-free.

Kerri Blackburn CPT,
BKIN, RMT, Practicing Kinesiologist

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