The Merrifield Method provides an efficient process for systematically determining the cause of a patient’s pain, not just the source. This is a repeatable diagnostic metric, which begins with seven (7) full-body movements that determine where further assessment is needed. A common logic is applied to all patterns to break down the movement in a systematic way to reach a conclusion of either “mobility or stability” motor control dysfunction.
If you have clients who suffer from stubborn aches and pains, the first approach is to do an assessment. This will guide your breakdown of what is causing the pain and how to use your techniques more efficiently to help your clients with long-term pain relief.
This process is based on Gray Cook’s Selective Functional Movement Assessments (SFMA).
- Cervical Flexion
- Cervical Rotation
- Cervical Extension
- External/Internal Shoulder Rotation
- Shoulder Extension
- Shoulder Flexion/Abduction
- Elbow Flexion
- Thoracic Extension/Rotation