The Lyno Method
The Lyno Method is a non-therapeutic body of knowledge providing a system to identify movement patterns, to restore optimum mobility and support a balanced, flexible and fully functional body.
The FROM Test
The Lyno FROM Test consists of 65 functional and mobility tests which enables the practitioner to draw up a profile of the client’s movement patterns.
The body functions as a tensegrity model, which means that every part of the body is connected to the rest and dysfunction or locked movement in one area has a distinct effect on every other part of the body.
The FROM Test is designed to give a full record of movement throughout the body and the analysis of this test enables the practitioner to design a program which will include facilitation of movement in restricted areas and conditioning of new balanced movement patterns.
This test is repeated and fully recorded at the beginning of each Lyno session, which apart from recording the client’s progress, also supplies the Lyno Academy with a wealth of continuous research material and evidence based information.
One of the main advantages of The FROM Test is that it gives exact measurements of movement throughout the whole body. The practitioner as well as the client can clearly track the progress, which has a huge positive mental impact.
The Bunkie Test
The BUNKIE Test shows which myofascial tracks are dysfunctional.
The height of the Bunkie is determined by the length of the client’s upper arm.
The foot that holds the weight on the Bunkie, determines which line is to be tested, in other words if your right foot is on the Bunkie, you are testing the right line.
Do not lift the foot higher than 10 cm from the Bunkie, the idea is to take the weight off the leg.
It is important that the client maintains correct form while performing the test:
- Posterior Power line: hips must stay level, toes facing up, feet not rotated
- Posterior Stabilizing Line: hips must be shoulder height and level, toes facing up, feet not rotated
- Anterior Line: body must be parallel to the floor, feet flat on Bunkie, body straight, legs straight with no twist
- Lateral Line: head, shoulders in line with the rest of the body
- Medial Line: head, shoulders in line with the rest of the body, big toe and heel of bottom foot should touch the Bunkie
- Make sure the client is in the perfect position before you ask her to lift her leg.
- Use a stopwatch to score.
- Correct her form if necessary.
- They continue even if she feels weak, both shoulders feel tight or she starts shaking.
- Take the score when:
- She feels a niggle anywhere in the body.
- She can not maintain neutral form due to imbalance or weakness.
Do not attempt to do The BUNKIE Test within the first 6 weeks of major surgery. First check with the doctor if you are not sure.
The Camber Test
The aim of the Camber test is to determine if the calf can contract through full range of dorsiflexion and plantar-flexion in the neutral ankle position as well as in pronation and supination.
The ability to perform this test not only relies on full calf muscle function, but also on neutral function of all the other body slings.
The moment one body sling becomes locked and dysfunctional, the rest of the body is forced to function in a compensation pattern, which will affect the function of the ankle and the muscles in the lower leg.
While performing the test it shows clearly when compensation patterns are present. The most common compensation pattern is hip hitching through contraction of the opposite Quadratus Lumborum.
Many of our clients claim that they can perform double leg calf raises in the gym with weights on their shoulders, but once we test the individual movements, it might show clearly that the one leg can perform a neutral movement, while the other leg does it in a compensation pattern. By performing this exercise in a gym in the presence of dysfunctional patterns, the athlete not only puts strain on their joints and ligaments but also strengthens bad habits, which may lead to reduced efficiency. Once the compensation pattern is released, the Camber Test shows neutral and efficient movement.
The FROM Test, which consists of 60 different tests, forms the base of the movement analysis.
We focus on the following movement patterns:
The Anterior Line – bending the body forward
The Posterior Line – bending the body backwards
The Lateral Line – bending the body to the side
The Medial Line – keeping the legs together and the core of the body
The Upper Spiral Lines – responsible for all rotations of the upper body and pelvis
The Weight-bearing Lower Spiral Lines – responsible for all rotations of the pelvis and legs in the weight-bearing position
The Non-weight-bearing Lower spiral Lines – responsible for all rotations of the pelvis and legs in a non-weight-bearing position
The Arm Spiral Lines – responsible for all the arm movements (link up with the Upper Spiral Lines)
Discrepancies on The FROM Test gives information on compensation patterns, the cause of imbalance and muscle dysfunction.
The results of The FROM Test provides the information needed to determine if the body is locked in dysfunctional compensation patterns. The practitioner will work out a strategy to eliminate layers of compensation patterns until the body is aligned and balanced.
The Bunkie and Camber Tests give a clear indication of function of the linear lines and is used to determine if the body is responding to the fascia releases.
By adding together all the results of the FROM Test, the Bunkie test and the Camber Test , the Lyno practitioner is able to work out exactly in which compensation patterns the client moves. These patterns could include a combination of linear, diagonal, spiral and ipsilateral movements of the whole body.
Clients often arrive at a session claiming that their Hamstrings and calf muscles are tight and their Gluteii are not firing. When applying the full test it might show up that the Hamstrings are locked in a long position, that the abdominal wall is locked short on one side, causing non-firing of the Gluteus muscle and that a locked habitual spiral pattern is responsible for the dysfunction. By combining the information given by the client, with the information gathered by the tests, the practitioner is able to form an holistic view of the client’s movement and work out a plan to restore neutral and balanced movement.
The aim of The Lyno Method is not only to create an awareness of body movements and habitual patterns, but also to guide the client towards neutral movement and more efficient movement patterns.