MATRIX Personalized Fitness
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0:00 - Intro

Hello again! I'm Shane from MATRIX Personalized Fitness. If you've been watching my last couple of videos, you've been learning all about Opposite Joint, Opposite Movement. If you haven't, I'm still going to fill you in on what it is. Opposite Joint, Opposite Movement is a cool neuro-"trick" that allows you to reduce aching, nagging pain that comes and goes in one joint by moving the opposite joint in the opposite direction of where you feel pain.

0:26 - Opposite Joint, Opposite Movement Recap

So, just as a quick little recap. If I feel pain in my ankle, I'm going to go on the opposite side of my body and work on the wrist, the opposite joint. Other matches are knee to elbow, hip to shoulder, and I covered all that in the first video I put out two weeks ago. So, if you haven't seen it yet, check it out. In the second video, last week's video, I talked about the spine. Giving you information about how to work on everything from the jaw down to the tailbone. Now in this third video, we're going to go into a little bit more detail.

0:58 - Advanced OJOM

If you've had some issues, and you tried Opposite Joint, Opposite Movement from the first two videos and it didn't work, this could be the video for you. Sometimes the brain needs a little bit more stimulation. So, you have to broaden out from the joint that's affected and look at the joints that are surrounding it as well.

1:14 - Tennis Example of OJOM

Here's an example. If I'm a tennis player, and I'm hitting a forehand, and I keep getting a little bit of elbow pain when I hit my forehand. I'm going to want to work on the elbow. That's going to be the initial Opposite Joint, Opposite Movement. But I'm also going to start thinking about the wrist and the shoulder because they surround the elbow joint. If I think about my forehand, and it's at this point that I feel pain, I'm going to realize that my elbow is starting to come into extension. My wrist is in extension. My shoulder is coming into flexion. Now I'm going to go to the opposite joint piece of that. The elbow is going to be the knee. And because the elbow is going into extension, I'm going to work my opposite side knee in flexion. The wrist mirrors with the ankle. So, if the wrist is in extension, I'm going to think about keeping my ankle in plantar-flexion. Lastly, if my shoulder is coming into flexion, I'm gonna be thinking about taking my hip back behind me into extension.

2:16 - Interesting Tidbit of Advanced OJOM

Now the really cool part about this is oftentimes, when you're dealing with these types of movements, the Opposite Joint, Opposite Movement piece is what would naturally be going on during the activity that you're doing. That's actually one of the reasons why this whole "trick" works.

2:32 - Example Continued

But anyways, let's continue on with the example. So the hip's going to come back into extension. I'm going to be up on the ball my foot because that's pointing the toe creating plantar-flexion. Now it's extension in the elbow that I'm worried about. So, with the knee, I'm going to do some knee circles. Worrying about the flexion piece, and then relaxing through when I straighten the knee. Bending the knee really focusing. Relaxing through the straightening. I'll do 3, 4, 5 reps and then I'll come back and check to see how my elbow is doing. Ideally, the pain has been reduced or gone away. And now I can actually do some elbow movements to hopefully start to clear up or "remap" that area so the brain understands it more clearly. And I won't have to deal with the pain anymore.

3:20 - Recap

In recap of this Opposite Joint, Opposite Movement, you look above and below the joint that you're trying to play with to get a more position-specific way of doing the Opposite Joint, Opposite Movement. You can broaden this out as far as you want to go. I could have taken the example past the shoulder and into the spine. Doing Opposite Joint, Opposite Movement with the spine. Maybe even going down into the fingers, thinking about where they are and trying to get the toes in the opposite position. It depends on how much detail your brain needs.

3:51 - Conclusion

I hope you found this interesting. Next week, I'm going to be talking more about position-specific stuff and giving you a way to warm up for your activities that's a little bit more accurate than just going through the general warm-up that I had given you a while ago. Stay tuned for that next week. If you have any questions about today's video, please post them below, send us an email, or give us a call. I'd be happy to hear from you and give you the information and feedback that you need. Thanks for watching. Have a great day.