Stop Chasing Pain Primal Movement Chain Workshop – Melbourne Nov 2016








Just this weekend gone I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the 2 day primal movement chain workshop presented by Stop Chasing Pain creator Perry Nickelston  that was hosted by Andrew Read at Read Performance Training.  For those of you who are not familiar with Perry, he is an American based Chiropractor who is the creator of the Primal Movement Workshop and is well known amongst osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and health and fitness professionals through his Stop Chasing Pain Podcasts and webpage.  For those that haven’t heard of him, read more about him here.     Now, before I go on and give a brief run down of the event and some of the key take home lessons learnt, I would like to say, Perry would have to be one of the most passionate and enthusiastic presenters I have ever come across.  He is able to communicate and convey complex ideas and messages in a simplistic way as well as constantly keeping the attendees engaged through practical application of his ideas and experiences.  Perry is very well read and draws upon a number of great professionals and integrates this into his own system.  Unlike many other presenters, he acknowledges his learnings from osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and other professionals throughout his course and gives credit where credit is due.


About The Primal Movement Workshop

The primal movement workshop is a 2 day workshop that introduces Perry’s RAIL Reset System that he has developed.  The Rail Reset System is based on establishing neural balance (stability) to movement patterns and stands for:

  • R elease
  • A ctivate
  • I ntegrate
  • L ocomotion

It is a simple step by step protocol that can be performed on any client to identify and activate any inhibited areas of the body and then integrate this into movement.  We were taken through an assessment process that looked at sagittal, frontal and transverse plane subsystems and assessment of the fascial slings.  Once we have identified an area of inhibition, we can then release these and then activate them through a variety of hands on manual and taping techniques.  Following this we will then integrate them into a movement pattern that focuses on the developmental movement patterns that we as humans go through in our infant years.   These developmental movements have us starting from deep neck stabilisation –> rolling patterns –> prone movement patterns –> floor crawling pattern –> sidelying patterns–> Rocking patterns –> 4 point kneeling crawl patterns –> standing gait patterns.


Practical Implications

The big take home message I took from the course is that essentially what Perry constantly refers to and this is we should STOP CHASING PAIN.   Whilst we may see clients in a clinical presentation with pain, often this pain is merely just a symptom of something going wrong elsewhere that has triggered this response.  For those working in personal training and strength and conditioning realm, his concepts can also be easily implemented as these areas of inhibitions and movement dysfunctions that we identify might actually be limiting ones performance ability and through the application of this system, we may actually help reduce ones pain, prevent further recurrence and also improve athletic or functional performance.



This was Perry’s first time in Australia and the first time he has run a 2 day primal workshop (compared to a 1 day).  For those who are interested in finding more about his approaches, check him out at


About This Blog

This blog post was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy.  Heath is owner and director of Principle Four Osteopathy.  Heath is certified in FMS, SFMA, 3DMaps (Gray Institute), Level 2 Australian Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCA) and has completed many other post graduate studies.  Find out more by clicking here.

Principle Four Osteopathy is located in the Melbourne City CBD (29 Somerset Place, Melbourne 3000) and Docklands (717 Bourke St, Docklands, 3008).  Appointments can be made by booking online or by calling 03 9679 9290.

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