Edgework and Novel Movement
The videos presented here are from Cory Blickenstaff a PT in Vancouver, Canada.
Both EdgeWork and Novel Movements are Neuro-based techniques aimed at easing pain and discomfort and restoring range of motion which has become restricted through pain and guarding.
Novel Movements are movements that are slightly different from those we habitually use day to day. Often when we experience pain with a specific movement our brains create a lasting association between the pain experience and movement of that limb or area of the body. By using Novel Movements we can explore ways of moving that are not painful and by regular repetition and exploration of those movements start to decrease the pain associated with moving that area.
EdgeWork is a simple and gentle Neuro-based exercise method for pain relief and range of motion restoration.
EdgeWork is playing with a movement to find the point at which the feeling starts to change from comfort to discomfort, this is what is called the edge. The idea is to stay inside the edge, where the movement is still comfortable, but to play with movement at and along the edge of that comfort. The movements should be performed slowly and gently with your attention focused internally on the area you're working so you fully experience all aspects of the movement.
The movements shown in the videos below and on the subsequent pages are just examples of possible movements, it's helpful to explore a range of different movements to see where your restrictions and edge of comfort is.
Remember as with all movement explorations they should be performed gently in a mindful manner and they should never be painful.
Introduction to EdgeWork Part 1
Introduction to EdgeWork Part 2
The three main concepts of EdgeWork in a weight-bearing position as a progression for pain resolution.
Introduction to EdgeWork 3
Increasing Kinesthetic Awareness using Tai Chi based movements featuring "Three Nails of the Foot".
Cory is focusing on developing kinesthetic and interorceptive awareness to set a baseline of what feels appropriate and comfortable to the body.
For Cory Blickenstaff's blog go to: blog.forwardmotionpt.com