There Are No Wrong Answers
In my opinion, this is a participant trophy / purple ribbon type statement.
Means and Ends
"Production and consumption have ceased to be means, and have become ends." - Eric Fromm
Social media used to be a means. Now it has become an ends. It used to be a means for connection. Now it has become an ends... of production and consumption.
If you're a professional, what's your intent?
Think biochemical and neurophysiological. Not anatomical.
Pandiculation - the act of stretching oneself, typically involuntarily, especially upon waking.
Think of your pets. Every time they get up, they stretch out. They do so regularly. They don't follow any prescribed exercise routine yet they generally lack MSK issues.
What about us? We formally exercise, yet we still have issues.
We are still animals.
What if we pandiculate, or do something similar, on a regular basis?
We don't need fancy. We need regular.
Joint Pumping Tip
For those that utilize joint pumping in their manual therapy arsenal, one strategy that may resonate more with your athlete/client/patient may be to ask them to "make it a little difficult for me to _____."
There are times where you ask them to resist you and they give you a 100% MVC. This is unwanted. We need light resistance and no matter how many times we remind them, they give us all they got.
So next time ask them to "make it a little difficult for me to _______."
The Horse Never Lies
Those who work with riders will be familiar with statements like, "I feel uneven. And I know because my horse tells me."
Of course the horse doesn't verbalize this. But riders know when their horses unintentionally deviate in one direction more than the other.
Horses are objective measures. They never lie.
The rider may not know what's wrong, or they may feel that its a right-sided issue or a left one, but if their horse is deviating a certain way, that's your tell.
Like mirrors, horses never lie.
One can never be too old, or too young, to be open minded.
What You're Looking For
If you're not seeing what you're looking for, perhaps there's nothing there to see.
Or you're looking in the wrong place.
Ideas are easy, execution is everything
In one on one settings, if we work with intent, our interventions should deviate from "the protocol" based on the individual we're working with.
The principles stay the same. But we SHOULD be going off on tangents.
One Line A Day