107: The Science of Tissue Adaptation + Motor Control with Dr. Garrett Neill

One of the most downloaded episodes of this podcast is Episode 59: ROM, Neuroscience + Yoga with Garrett Neill. In that episode we talked about the difference between Active Range of Motion and Passive Range of Motion, the three main barriers to range of motion that show up in our joints, some of the reasons the body might “tighten” and limit our range of motion, what we should we be thinking about in terms of how we teach movement when it comes to creating stability and how mobility and flexibility are different from one another. 

I’m not at all surprised that this continues to be such a popular episode (it is downloaded every single day!) because the human body is incredibly complex and as movement teachers many of us are hungry for more knowledge and information about how the body works.

That’s why today I am SO excited to be bringing Dr Garrett Neill back to the podcast to dive even deeper into the science of tissue adaptation! 

Dr. Garrett Neill (he/him) is a Chiropractor, Rehabilitation Specialist, & Movement Educator in his 6th year of practice.  His core philosophy when working with patients and students is that every body is different and that treatment and programming should therefore be specific to each individual.  Dr. Neill educates others with elements of joint health, soft tissue techniques, biomechanics, neuroscience, pain psychology, education, & active movement.  His goal is to help fellow human beings understand their issues, achieve their goals, and also foster self-efficacy on the road to recovery and better performance.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • an explanation of some commonly used terms in the movement space like:
    • Neuroscience 
    • Range of Motion
    • Biomechanics
    • Tissue adaptation
    • Motor control
    • Dissociated movement
    • Coupled Motion
  • how to create sequences that prepare students for big movements based on the information neuroscience offers us about tissue adaptation
  • Garrett’s thoughts on foam rolling “tight” muscles
  • what is most important for yoga teachers to understand about motor control
  • why task based exercises and repetition are key
  • what movements are most important to include and what is best to leave out when working on balance
  • what to do when students don’t have the ability to move segmentally through their spine (and most don’t!)

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