Integrated Functional Mobility (IFM):

Through life, the body acquires muscular imbalances and restrictions that cause pain, injury, and hamper mechanical performance. This also causes the sympathetic nervous system to be hyperactive leading to greater stress.

IFM is a system that combines applied manual resisted and assisted techniques specifically prescriptively designed individually to treat these issues. Functional Mobility is the first element of fitness in the process of foundational strength and conditioning for most students but can also be utilized as a ‘stand-alone’ practice.

IFM can have value as a single session performed re-actively when stiffness or pain occurs. However, it is best used as a long term program of development with the intent of optimizing posture and movement.

The Process:

First session, we do an assessment of muscle restriction while applying basic assisted stretching to the whole body addressing the mobility of every joint. We see how the body responds to the activities between the first and second session to come up with a development plan.

We then utilize further applied methods on the table, training in active mobility and independent mobility work to alleviate restriction and actively re-establish proper recruitment (engagement) patterns. We will develop functional mobility until we are out of pain and ready to work on other elements of fitness or along with other training.

Methods:

  • Assisted Stretch- The application of manual resistance by a practitioner with both relaxation and contraction techniques for the purpose of attaining a stretch to elongate and release restrictive muscles for greater functional range of motion (ROM).  

  • Applied Isolated Muscle Activation: The application of isometric (static) muscle contraction against a manual resistance to activate weakened muscles that may be causing compensation and tissue restriction.

  • Localized Percussion/Vibration: Isolated vibration applied by a practitioner while applying a light stretch eliminating tissue restriction through the body’s stretch response.  

  • Active Functional Mobility: Training the student for independent practice that establishes further gains in functional mobility.