The ISM Flow – Ready for More ISM Learning?
This online package contains over 300 videos beginning with an explanation of what ISM is, how it developed and who it is appropriate for.
It then goes through the new ISM graphic – the Lotus flower flow – in great detail with videos for each step of the way.
This is followed by a brief synopsis on what should we be understanding from the patient’s story to develop an ISM assessment (bio-psycho-social features of the patient’s story).
Then, how do we determine the meaningful task and thus screening tasks for a meaningful ISM assessment?
Once a meaningful task is chosen, how do you then choose the screening tasks that relate to the meaningful task? The assessment of each screening task is divided into analysis of functional units (which will be explained in the ISM Flow). Drivers are found in each functional unit first, and then the functional unit drivers are prioritized to determine the final drivers and their relationship to each other and to the task.
The Screening Tasks Covered in the ISM Flow
- Standing Posture Starting Screen – how to find the relevant findings in standing – the place in which many tasks begin.
- Standing Task as a Screening Task – how to find the unit drivers, then final driver(s)
- Squat Task as a Screening Task – how to find the unit drivers, then final driver(s)
- Seated Trunk Rotation – how to find the unit drivers, then final driver(s)
- Seated Head & Neck Rotation – how to find the unit drivers, then final driver(s)
- Seated Arm Elevation – how to find the unit drivers, then final driver(s)
The ISM Flow then goes into further assessment (active mobility tests, passive mobility tests (including passive listening techniques for dominant vectors), active control tests, passive control tests) of the following body region drivers:
Pelvis, Hip, Thoracic Rings, Lumbar spine, Shoulder girdle, Neck, Cranium, Knee & Superior tib-fib, and the Foot.
This part of the ISM Flow is extensive and shows you how to do ALL those tests for each region of the body.
Then we talk about when we need to assess motor control of a body region. In other words, when do we need to train specific muscles because it isn’t always necessary.
There are videos that demonstrate how to assess motor control of the abdominal wall and the foot in relationship to the task drivers.
Squat – Finally Finding the Driver
Treatment – The Principles of an ISM Treatment is explained followed by detailed demonstration of release techniques for the various system impairments (articular, neural, myofascial and visceral (general techniques only)) of the pelvis, hip, thoracic ring, thoracic zygapophyseal joints, thoracic costotransverse joints, lumbar spine, clavicle, cervical spine, craniovertebral region, cranium, dura, knee and foot.
The ISM flow then moves into Stage 1 motor learning and movement training videos for transversus abdominis, deep multifidus, intercostals, deep muscles of the neck, interthoracic ring control, intra-thoracic ring control and the intrinsics of the foot. Stage 2 (building capacity) and Stage 3 (adding more complexity to the training is also covered.