The CMS Approach
We work to solve problems that limit muscle function and restrict movement. We do not do any “muscle voodoo” or use any sort of weird, mystical tissue technique.
The reality is that movement dysfunctions reflect a real breakdown between the muscles and their relationship to our physical world of forces and gravity. At the core of it we are problem solvers for you, working at the level of this relationship between muscles, physics and movement mechanics. We work in real world stuff.
CMS founder, Scott Frost, has spent over 12 years cultivating a unique perspective from which to analyze muscle system function, and its dysfunction. Central to our approach is solving the real problems that limit daily function and/or performance over a lifetime. The development of such an approach comes from insights across many disciplines, including structural engineering, human anatomy, human movement mechanics, neuroscience, clinical kinesiology, resistance training and even martial arts and ballet.
We are radically different from most other muscle based practitioners that rely on a single technique or tool. Our system of Muscle System Anchoring takes the specifics of human movement mechanics and traces them backward to the find the smallest weakness affecting the whole body. It is a vastly more complex way of thinking that relying not on one single tool but on the practitioner to solve the problem.
Other practitioners focus exclusively on the area where your symptoms are occurring. We use a systematic total body range of motion assessment and specific muscle testing to determine if the problem is limited to the muscles and joints in the symptomatic area or if the symptom has a different root cause elsewhere in the body.
From this system, we have been able to create instantaneous improvements in muscle contraction quality and movement capability. These changes can then be progressed and expanded over time to open up higher motor performance levels within the nervous system.
What We Do & Don’t Do
We DO Make Your Body Function Better
We deliver an innovative approach to solve complex muscle problems that impair your capabilities to live your life and play your sport to your potential.
We utilize an approach we have developed called Muscle System Anchoring to improve muscle/joint stability through improving active muscular function.
We DO NOT Treat or Manage Pain
“Pain Management” is an actual medical specialty. We are not affiliated with this field in any way or claim to remove pain.
Though improvements in muscle function can reduce certain sensations associated as “pain”; there is no way of knowing on the front end if functional improvements to your muscular system will eliminate the sensation you call “pain.” For a non-medical professional to declare that they can remove pain is unethical and illegal as a claim. We do NOT make this claim.
We ARE Long Term Oriented
We are interested in problem solving the physical issues that hold you back from living your life to its full.
These types of changes take both time and a commitment to the process. Thus, we are interested in developing lifelong relationships with people in solving their muscular system and movement problems throughout their lifetime.
We are NOT A “Quick Fix”
We DO NOT believe in treating symptoms.
We DO NOT believe that there is any such thing as a “quick fix.”
We DO NOT do emergency calls.
The CMS System
The muscle system interacts with gravity and the principles of physics to transfer forces inside the body, outside the body and between the two. Thus, any problem of the muscle is truly a mechanical problem and requires an engineer to solve such problems. We work with movement limitations that come from the breakdown between your muscles and their relationship to our physical world of forces and gravity.
We engage the muscle system with 3 main objectives:
Improve Muscle Contraction & Motor Control
Create Stability & Improve Joint Mechanics
Build Specific Strength & Reinforce Weaknesses
1) Improve Muscle Contraction & Motor Control
We are interest in improving muscle contraction and motor control. You see, all of the muscle in your body have multiple connections to the central nervous system. These connections act like power lines that send electrical signals back and forth to your brain. Now, due to factors such as stress, trauma, and overuse, this electrical information can become altered; leading to a loss of optimal muscle contraction.
This is critical because a loss of contraction quality changes how you are able express yourself through your environment and interpret sensory feedback from around you. There is a direct change in your ability to produce, absorb and transfer forces in order to propel your body and through the environment and manipulate loads.
Nobody Likes a Leak
The force leak is a way to understand the interaction of our muscles and physics in how your movement may be breaking down. Just as water is sipped through a straw and pulled into the mouth, forces are transferred through the muscle system between you and the earth.
You use your lips to create a suction force that will pull on the water and lift it out of the glass. As long as the straw is intact and unimpeded, little force is required to draw the liquid upward. However, if there were holes in that straw, your same suction force will not be enough to get the water moving upward.
Our muscles use contraction cycles to pass tension through the body and transfer forces between our body and the environment. Due to factors that can weaken the status of the muscle with the electrical information traveling from the nervous system, the contraction cycles can become altered and effect the “quality of contraction.”
The lowered quality of muscle contraction creates weakness relative to the force demand in the area. Thence, the various aspects of muscle weakness lead to inefficiencies in directional force transfer - aka force leaks - and increase the demand on other muscles to perform the desired movement. The cascade of changes to the bodies mechanics create tension in unintended areas, leading to movement restrictions, muscle imbalance and joint instability.
We have a full toolbox of techniques that we use to patch these holes with the necessary muscle tension. Once these holes are filled, you are then able to effectively and efficiently transfer forces once more.
We can restore proper muscle contraction through by influencing the activation of the muscle fibers to induce very targeted contractions that will increase potential force of subsequent contractions. This is called potentiation.
Potentiation can be influenced by performing a gentle cross friction pressure at the muscle’s attachment site or by performing a low intensity isometric contraction the electrical impulse from the muscle to the central nervous system can be restored and the muscle will begin contract at an optimal level.
2) Create Stability & Improve Joint Mechanics
As a human being, the truth is that we need stability - whether physically, emotional or financially, humans thrive in stable environments.
Muscle System Anchoring
When it comes to solving issues of movement and function, there is far too much focus on motion as treatment.
Movement is possible only as a response to forces. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. If you cannot create a quality anchoring force with your muscles, your joints lose stability and lead to most of our restrictions and discomfort.
Think of a ship moving on the water tied to the anchor. One end of the rope is held stable by the anchor while the other end gives freedom to allow for movement by the forces of the water. If a ship anchor breaks away, we become like the ship carried along by the sea being tossed to and fro. This is meant when we talk about instability.
So how do you move better?
You need a proper anchor and line that will keep your boat on a leash, providing the stability and safety to keep it from being pulled out to sea while allowed to ebb and flow with the dynamics of the water currents and forces.
We address these very dynamics by influencing muscle contraction on the appropriate side a joint to create a proper anchor. These muscles steady our joints so that freedom of movement can occur safely. When we lose integrity of the anchor, too many things move at once and out of control.
3) Build Specific Strength & Reinforce Weaknesses
Reinforcement Training is designed to build upon the specific work you are doing with your practitioner and contribute to the potency of the stimulus for change.
For Our Adults
This is not your typical training session where you spend an hour with a trainer to get in a good “workout.” This is strategic resistance training dedicated to strengthen specific areas of the muscles that are chronically underdeveloped in your individual circumstance.
For our adult clients, this time is used to support treatments in a way that allows them to pursue their regular exercise routine the rest of the week. There is an emphasis on stability and specific strength to further their body control.
For Our Youth Athletes
For our athletes, this time allows for strength upkeep to prevent muscle imbalances from coming back as they practice and play. The truth is that either you control the movement or the movement controls you. Thus, we progress our reinforcement and accessory work in order to expand their buffer to handle more practice reps.
In addition to sport practice, we must consider what our young athletes are asked to do in the weightroom. The truth is that when we lift weights, the body is learning and adapting in some way. Now, it may be good or it may be bad; but, there is no such thing as having “no effect.” This is why using good lifting mechanics will make you better, while using poor mechanics will make you worse. Poor technique is more than just ineffective, it is dangerous.
We teach our youth athletes the specifics of proper lifting technique in the performance of the barbell lifts. This is critical for the safety and longevity of our youth athletes as they are required to perform them as part of their school strength and conditioning programs.
How We Do It
In the same way, it is important to us that you have some understand of the techniques we use and how we operate. From positions you will be in to how your limbs are maneuvered, it is important that you feel Okay with everything we do.
We potentiate changes in the motor system through the manual application of forces to induce isometric, miometric and pliometric contraction states of the musculature. This is done with the intention to improve motor control, increase mechanical stability and thus up regulate bodily function.
1) Locate Problem Area
Like playing a game of chess, we will take very measured and deliberate steps to locate weaknesses. Of those that come out to the surface, we will need to tease out the true weakness from the fakers, and locate the largest holes from which are causing the lion’s share of our issue.
We tackle the problem by overlapping range of motion assessments with varied manual muscle tests to catch the real areas of weakness in our crosshairs.
The joint range of motion exam provides the indication of which muscles may be in a weakened state. The muscle weakness is then confirmed by performing a muscle specific test in which the client resists the practitioners force in a specific position.
2) Treating Problems
Once a weakness is identified, we engage the system with isometrics, miometrics and pliometrics to direct muscular contraction into the specific areas of weakness. The most efficient way to correct a strength deficit is to add tension into the muscle fibers at the angle of weakness from the right position; therefore, we begin with a high proportion of isometric work.
Isometric contractions provide a form of strength training in which the joint angle and muscle length do not change during contraction. This is different then dynamic exercises, such as weight lifting, where the limbs and the load are in a state of motion. In this case you are pressing into a stationary barrier. You are creating tension and generating forces into a specific direction under specific anchoring conditions. You are doing work without going anywhere.
Isometrics minimize the stress to joints, tendons and supporting structures while actually make muscle strength gains. They work to specifically address the muscle tension need to provide a foundation of stability on which to build movement potential.
When applied and controlled manually by a skilled practitioner, you can actually use them in manner that leaves you feeling primed instead of fatigued. It’s very cool stuff.
3) Building A Robust System
We can then expand the effects and integrate them into solid movement principles with training.
The Magic Happens When We Work Together
The key is in two people working together. By using a skilled and knowledgeable person to interact directly with your body, together you can create a feedback loop that accomplish things which you could not encounter with only you and a weight (cable, band, dumbbell, etc).
The practitioner will manually resist body segments in various positions and from various directions to influence muscle activation and joint stability. From getting you into the position to the application of the forces, we can maximize control of the force direction and level of contraction intensity for the greatest precision and the greatest benefit with less overloading stress.