For those unaware, Kinetic Link Training (KLT) is a style of strength training that integrates full body movement patterns that can be considered a highly effective approach to strengthening natural human movement in three dimensions. In this blog we are going to discuss the role KLT plays in the rehabilitation of shoulder injuries.

It is important to note that there are often biomechanical anomalies that predispose an individual to their shoulder injury. Therefore, it is critical you are thoroughly examined by a medial practitioner to identify and treat these underlying factors before beginning your Kinetic Link Training.

The greatest advantage of using KLT for shoulder rehabilitation is the ability to strengthen in multiple planes and tailor the program to your individual needs. You must first think about what are your movement goals? Do your movement patterns involve picking up your young child off the floor or are you required to repetitively serve a tennis ball above 100km/h. You can imagine the prescribed exercises will differ.

After determining your movement goals and identifying your areas of improvement, the practitioner can form your KLT program. Simply put, KLT shoulder movements are broken into push (weight moving away from the body), pull (weight moving towards the body), and arc movements. These shoulder movements are then combined with a lower limb component to best target your movement goal.

For example, in the below video you will see a Principle Four Osteopathy patient completing a horizontal push exercise combined with a split squat.

In the next video, the patient is demonstrating a shoulder arc movement combined with a weight shifting squat.  

To learn more about Kinetic Link Training and how it might be able to benefit you, book in with one of our osteopaths today.

This blog post was written by osteopath Shaun Coghlan of Principle Four osteopathy. Shaun is available for consultations on Mondays and Wednesdays. Find out more about osteopath Shaun Coghlan on the link

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