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Improving Outcomes With Feldenkrais Method®

Feldenkrais Method® focuses on individualized approach to movement improvement for anyone who desires to move with ease and efficiency.

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What challenges or opportunities are you trying to address within the problem? (200 characters or less)

For adults in rehabilitation/post-rehabilitation after fracture, Feldenkrais Method® is ideal for optimizing each person's progress in recovery and restoration as it involves the whole person.

What’s your idea or solution? 

To provide a wide variety of appropriate Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons to individuals who have sustained an osteoporosis-related fracture.



How does your idea impact the care experience of older adults to ensure the first fracture is the last? 

Often older adults lose mobility because of fear of falling and fracturing. Typical adaptations in the effort to stay safe often are at the expense of optimal movement patterns. ATM lessons are appropriate before, during, and after fracture as they provide rich movement experiences that assist individuals with recognizing movement which inhibits and movement that is helpful. People who engage regularly in these lessons have experienced reduced pain, improved balance, enhanced cognition, expanded self-organization, and better self-regulation. They can more accurately identify when they are at risk and when they are safer.


Where in the post-fracture care journey does this solution fall?

Because ATM lessons are structured to explore small movements done slowly and with great attention, lessons are appropriate at any time in the post-fracture journey. 

Who is your target end user and why will they be interested? (650 characters or less)

ATM lessons are appropriate at any time in the post-fracture journey. Lessons are useful in developing and improving the potential of any person at anytime in their lives, and can have an enormously positive impact after fracture.

How is your idea scaleable? (650 characters or less)

This idea is scaleable through several platforms such as videos, teleconferencing, educational institutions, and local groups such as wellness/fitness centers. Well established organizations such as Silver Sneakers and Zumba can easily add Feldenkrais Method® classes to their existing programming.

What do/will you measure to know if your solution worked? (500 characters or less)

I recommend both Functional Fitness Test designed specifically for older adults (https://www.interactivehealthpartner.com/pdf/fft_overview.pdf) which assesses six components related to Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), and an appropriate measure of Quality of Life. Both instruments would be administered before, during, and after Feldenkrais Method lessons.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

If you were to become a Top Idea, would you want to actively participate in piloting your idea?

  • I want my idea piloted, and I prefer to do my own piloting in collaboration with the health system and with assistance from the Challenge partner

Company / Organization Name, if applicable (140 characters or less)

Diamond Lane Corporation d/b/a Move With Ease

Website (if applicable)

www.movewitheasenow.com

Tell us about yourself or your team (500 characters or less)

As a movement educator, I have taught a wide audience of older adults for almost 30 years through group exercise classes, as a certified personal trainer, post-rehabilitation specialist, and now as a Feldenkrais practitioner® certified by the Feldenkrais Guild of North America. I acquired 42 hours toward a PhD focusing on non-traditional approaches to physical activity for older adults. I am 68 years old and have been diagnosed with osteopenia/osteoporosis. I am now living with this reality myself. I understand personally the importance of strength, mobility, balance, and stamina. I have taught these principles to a wide range of older adults both in group settings and individually.

Location (50 characters)

Austin, Texas!

What is your legal / organizational structure?

  • We are a Private Sector Corporation

Innovator/Organizational Characteristics

  • Female-led organization

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

Why are you participating in this Challenge?

Feldenkrais Method® taps the unlimited potential of each individual and I look forward to sharing that. Thank you for your consideration.

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