80/20 Examination: Getting all of your objective information in just one movement

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If you chose one movement to give you the most information about a client what would it be?

Tim Ferriss advocates the 80/20 concept in his New York Times Bestseller books like The Four-Hour Work Week. The 80/20 concept is all about value. Can I get a large return in value from a small investment in time? While as therapists we crave time to find movement patterns to address, we don’t always have the time we desire. In the changing world of reimbursement (Sorry, Jerry Durham) payment where pay for performance is king, treatment resulting in change will be paramount to an extensive examination.  Therefore, it is important to gather as much information as possible in the least amount of movements.

Enter the ground up squat:

Now, the only change is that you would try without the stick first.  However, you get ankle, knee, shoulder, lumbar, thoracic, and cervical ROM.  You also get trunk stability, shoulder stability overhead, and both upper and lower extremity stability.

Pretty big bang for your buck.

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