How to make the human body feel better, perform better under stress & duress, and last longer are the 3 questions that drive the heart of Dr. Mark Cheng’s research, development, and teaching.
Through his decades of investigating different training methods & the philosophies surrounding them, Cheng realized that combat skills development, strength and conditioning training, and restorative medical practices were all interconnected and ultimately inseparable from one another.
Whether working with a patient who is recovering from surgery or rehabilitating from injury or training a professional athlete who needs to be able to play harder and last longer with shorter recovery periods, the most effective training methods usually aren’t far from the most productive rehab protocols.
Dr. Cheng’s decades of training in diverse martial arts, strength training methods, and western medicine-based movement analysis has given him a rather unique perspective on “best practices”. Few athletic endeavors have the obvious goal of causing the opponent physical injury. The martial arts, however, clearly do. As a result, higher level martial arts masters tend to be familiar with the treatment and management of training-related pain and injuries using minimally invasive techniques. Many Chinese manual medicine masters even refer to the therapeutic methods they practice as “Chinese osteopathy”.
With the manual therapy techniques learned during his decades of martial arts training combined with formal acupuncture & East Asian medicine schooling and licensure, Cheng went on to seek out other perspectives on how Western physical therapy, chiropractic, and orthopedic medicine viewed, diagnosed, treated, and rehabilitated the human body.
During his training with kettlebell pioneer, Pavel Tsatsouline, Dr. Cheng was introduced to the founder of the Functional Movement Screen, Gray Cook. Cook’s method of analyzing dysfunctional movement patterns in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of pain and injury proved to be a pivotal movement in Cheng’s clinical development, allowing him to more fully appreciate how to integrate acupuncture, Tui-Na, martial arts strength and conditioning exercises, Hardstyle kettlebell training, and elite athletic performance.
While working on fine-tuning training programs for athletes, Cheng noticed that the athletes who were open to working on refining the safest & simplest movement patterns were those who generally experienced the greatest improvements in performance, felt decreases in pain levels, and noticed faster, shorter recovery times.
He took some of the movement interventions that he found most effective and put them together into a systematic progression called “Prehab-Rehab”. MovementLectures.com encouraged him to share these progressions, which then became the “Prehab-Rehab 101: The Groundwork Progressions” DVD, which teaches the movements and the theory behind them in a step-by-step, easy to follow format.
Feel better, perform better, last longer!