Body Alignment For Life
-Injury prediction and prevention software-
Body Alignment for Life (BAFL) is an injury prediction and prevention web-based program that has the ability to identify and pinpoint potential repetitive stress injuries that can occur on the job, in a sport or in everyday activities by testing an individual’s body in all range of motion (ROM).
The key is knowing your baseline of flexibility, or lack of flexibility, and in what areas- then correlating that data with the individuals “expected” repetitive motion.
The Body Alignment For Life (BAFL) software guides the user on how to grade their range of motion in all ranges, then it generates a detailed report telling the user where they are weak, tight and imbalanced. BALF also detects what areas might be compensating because of old injuries. It’s like your body’s musculoskeletal system blueprint! The software can be applied to an individual by a trained stretch coach or the individual can apply it to oneself.
This image is a normal imbalance pattern for a desk job.
Having this knowledge ahead of time allows the individual to focus on the correct areas that need attention as to not waste time on areas that are not of concern. The software allows the user to understand how to work their most important target areas so they can reach their goals faster. It also allows the user to see what areas are at risk and what areas could become injured with these imbalances within the repetitive motion.
The first thing to do is ask the question, “What are the goals of the individual?” It might be that they want to be able to bend down and tie their own shoes in the morning, be able to sit without back pain, sit cross-legged, do the splits, lift heavier or run faster OR just making sure there are no injuries that are manifesting. These questions allow the user to focus on different parts of the data in the software to get the correct information that is needed.
Second, we need to find out why they CAN’T do the things that they want to do physically. The range of motion (ROM) assessment findings will print out detailed reports on what their flexibility is currently and gives a baseline on where they are now so they have a guided plan to reach your goals. The report findings even show what areas are imbalanced and what can lead to compensations within a particular movement. The reports also keep data as to see the individual’s progress over time. These are all important pieces of information for an individual. The person has the ability to plan ahead and prevent an injury instead of taking action after the fact.
With the reports, you can visually see how the body is compensating from past injuries or trauma, even a muscle imbalance you could have had from birth. Many imbalances are hereditary, some come from growth spurts because bone grows faster than muscle, it does not have time to lengthen with the sudden burst of strain pulling on the tissue and it reacts by tightening in an area to protect it, and some areas never really recover. This is why I am a huge advocate of youth stretching; this is a must during these times for healthy muscle growth.
After the user applies the range of motion assessment to themselves and they hit submit, an individual corrective video series will be downloadable to watch and apply to themselves. We also offer trained stretch coaches in some areas to help apply the corrective program to the person that needs extra attention to ensure an injury free recovery.
As you can see there are many ways to use the BAFL software, either as a great add-on tool for Health and Saftey programs, Ergonomic/corporate wellness programs, Worker’s comp claims and or rehabilitation guidelines, injury prevention with sports and even the health and wellness of growing children.
So again the key is to find out what is stopping you from physically doing a movement fully or without pain, then we work backward by finding imbalanced areas within that the movement, work diligently on those areas by strengthening in their full range and stretching the areas that are tight as to solidify that movement to have longevity.
Want more information on the BAFL software and how it works? Here are a few BAFL videos:
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Author: Loretta McGrath