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In the News ~ B.C. researchers call “fall prevention” a public health priority

Yesterday CBC News shared how published researchers in British Columbia had analyzed videos of 227 falls by 130 seniors in B.C.  between 2007 and 2010. (Adults of all ages could benefit by becoming more aware as these seniors did not just change how they shift their weight at this stage of their life.

I enjoyed watching the video shown on the news that demonstrated how balance is connected to shifting body weight, counterbalancing and sensory awareness. Watching the video I could see the weight shift in the filmed subjects legs and recognized it  confirms what I share in may Awareness through Movement balance classes.  Here are a few comments from the researchers:

“We show that the most common causes of falls are incorrect weight shifting and tripping, and the most common activities leading to falls are forward walking, standing quietly and sitting down,” concluded study co-leader Prof. Stephen Robinovitch, of the department of biomedical physiology and kinesiology at Simon Fraser University, and his team.

“Our findings emphasize the need to target each of these activities in fall risk assessment and prevention strategies,” they added in calling prevention a “public health priority.”

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Neck & Shoulder Pain

Feldenkrais® Method Research

Thirty normal female employees took part in a neck and shoulder pain study, participating in six weeks of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes. Results included increased range of motion in a neck flexion task, significant positive changes in the neck-shoulders-index, and a decrease in complaints from neck and shoulders.

Lundblad, I., Elert, J., Gerdle, B. Randomized controlled trial of physiotherapy and Feldenkraisinterventions in female workers with neck-shoulder complaints. J. Occupat Rehab 9(3): 179-94, 1999.

Ruth, S., Kegerreis, S. Facilitating Cervical Flexion Using a Feldenkrais Method Awareness Through Movement. J Sports Phys Ther.16(1): 25-29, 1992.

See Article:

Hands, Computer and You 


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Chronic Pain

Feldenkrais® Method Research

Patients who had been experiencing chronic pain participated in a six-week Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) course. Results included significant increases mobility accompanied by significant decreases in pain both immediately following the course, and in a one-year follow-up. Patients also reported less depression and anxiety, and an improved ability to relax.

Dearman, D. and Shafarman, S. The Feldenkrais Method in the Treatment Awareness Through Movement of Chronic Pain: A Study of Efficacy and Cost Effectiveness. American Journal of Pain Management, 1999; 9:22-27.

Phipps, A. and Lopez, Ron. A functional Outcome Study on the Use of Movement Re-Education in Chronic Pain Management. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Physical Therapy, Forest Grove, Oregon. May, 1997.


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The Feldenkrais Method

The Feldenkrais Method®  is a form of experiential education that improves daily actions and human functioning.  The Method uses gentle movement and directed attention to create personal change, through group classes (Awareness through Movement® ), or individual sessions (Functional Integration® ).  The Feldenkrais Method is based on principles of human development.  the Method is named for its originator, Moshe Feldenkrais, DSc (1904-1984), a Ukrainian-born physicist, judo expert, mechanical engineer, and educator.