Biases – Gotta Know Them to Overcome Them!

Excerpt from: Manual Muscle Testing – Art and Science: An Exploration of its History, Physics.Mechanics, and Utility in Practice. Muscle System Consortia, 2016 (Dunn K., McMillin C., Mack G.) One must strive to acknowledge and manage the effects of bias that lead to the misunderstanding of the relationships between events. bias (n). Prejudice in favor…

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Are You an Honest Observer?

“You see but you do not observe.” Sherlock Holmes to Dr. Watson in “A Scandal in Bohemia” Science (n.) The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena. Such activities restricted to a class of natural phenomena. Such activities applied to an object of inquiry or study. Observe (v.) To notice or perceive…

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The Ethics of a Personal Trainer/Exercise Professional.

An Excerpt from a course offered by the Muscle System Consortia: Motor Control: Pathology, Assessment and Improvement Philosophical Basis, Research, and Methodology RESPECT FOR ESTABLISHED SCIENCE Seek to balance rational and empirical knowledge with a critical thinking mindset. Scholars and researchers have been working diligently for centuries on a variety of problems and issues, which…

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The Commodification of Medicine and Fitness: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

By Greg Mack The need for medical and fitness services/products continues to grow in the United States, and around the world. (10)(11) The corporate and industrialized delivery of medical and fitness products/ services continues to grow to meet increasing demand. (8)(9) Innovations in medical diagnostic technologies, surgical procedures, biomaterials, and medicines help individuals live longer,…

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A General Description of the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems

The CNS is made up of a diverse array of interconnected neurons (among other things, i.e. astrocytes, glial cells) located in the brain and spinal cord. The CNS generates and dispatches motor control signals (This is termed “Efferent” information) and receives and processes sensory information from the peripheral nervous system (PNS) (This is termed “Afferent”…

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How a Practitioner Thinks Matters… Especially When It Comes to the Health of Your Body

The Certified Muscle System Specialist â Movement limitations and difficulty holding your body in a position (like sitting, lying flat, standing still) are frequently associated with unwanted sensations like pain, aches, or tightness. This can have profoundly negative effects on your physical, social, and mental life. The progressive loss of movement and maintaining body position…

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The Neuro-Muscular Unit

From Greg Mack Conventional Description A motor unit is classically defined as the alpha motor-neuron somi located in the spinal cord and all of the muscle fibers it innervates. A motor neuron communicates information via the action potential to its homonymous muscle fibers via a process called “cell depolarization”. The action potential propagates centrifugally from…

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Modern Rational Empiricism: A Thinking Model

Modified a bit From The Muscle System Consortia (MSC) Course: “Manual Muscle Testing” – Art and Science: An Exploration of its History, Physics/Mechanics, and Utility in Practice 2016 The MSC embraces the notions of Modern Rational Empiricism as a guide in processing, generating, and interpreting information regarding the skeletal muscle system. As an information assessment…

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Skeletal Muscle Function Modeled as a Mechanical Linear Electro-Active Actuator/Motor

From Greg Mack Let’s take a look at some definitions: Muscle (n.) – a specialized biological tissue system that contains cells capable of generating force. Mechanical (adj.) – of or relating to machinery or tools, caused by, resulting from, or relating to a process that involves a purely physical as opposed to a chemical or…

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Information Set Theory of Pain: A Short Exploration.

By Greg Mack, ACE-CMES “Pain don’t hurt.”   (Patrick Swayze’s character – Dalton – in the movie “Road House”, responding to the doctor about to stitch up his knife wounds after a bar fight, who tells him that inserting the stitches is going to hurt.) Pain is unfortunately a common occurrence in the human experience….

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