The WPI is a unique enterprise dedicated to the comprehensive analysis, restoration, and maximization of human movement, an organization comprised of passionate people who are eager to communicate that passion to anyone they meet.
It’s not hyperbole, but it is a lot to unpack. So let’s talk about what the WPI is, and what it can do for you.
It’s About Movement
Movement is at the core of the WPI, and as we mentioned earlier, there are three things we do with your movement:
- We analyze it using the latest technology;
- We restore it if you’ve been injured, through our innovative rehabilitation programs; and
- We maximize it, improving efficiency and power so you can perform optimally.
This alone can be a lot, so let’s look at each one of those individually.
Analysis and Technology
Before we can fix your movement, we have to determine if something’s broken. We do that in several ways.
We start with a general conversation where we talk about how you’re feeling, specifically:
- Where you think you’re falling short
- What hurts
- What it feels like
- When the pain started
- What movements and/or activities you do repetitively
Then we ask a very important question: We ask for your “why.”
Your “why” is what brought you to the WPI and what you want to get out of the process. The only way this is going to work for you and for us is if we fully understand your needs and goals and dreams as they relate to how you move.
Once we’ve talked a little, we’ll perform a standardized orthopedic and movement examination to see if there’s anything we need to address immediately. This will also allow us to better understand how you move at a fundamental level and give us a better idea of what we may see during your analysis and why it is occurring.
If there’s anything that does need to be addressed immediately, we may send you for an X-ray or recommend you see an orthopedic physician. Because the WPI is powered by Stevens Point Orthopedics, this would be an easy step as you’d have access to some of the top orthopedic physicians in the area. However, if there’s nothing that needs to be addressed right away (and that’s usually the case), we’ll outfit you with high-tech sensors that connect to our Noraxon motion-analysis system.
The WPI staff have been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to the Noraxon system. We’re continually discovering new ways to use the technology to analyze movement and uncover issues. (You can see how that works on the movement analysis page).
During the actual sessions, you’ll be asked to move in ways you move when performing your favorite activities — running, walking, throwing, swinging a golf club or tennis racket. The sensors work with the Noraxon system to create a skeleton avatar that helps the WPI team see your body’s structures as you move.
Your session is captured by the computer and can be broken down virtually frame-by-frame, so we can see areas of sub-optimal movement that may be causing pain, or your progress as you return to activity after surgery.
We can also see how you generate power through movement, the amount of power you generate, and how that compares to the amount you should be generating.
(To be clear, you generate power when you’re gardening just like you generate power when swinging a club, bat, or racket.)
We don’t just hook you up and do the analysis and then tell you what you should be doing: We bring you behind the computer, show you what we see and what it means, and talk about changes you can make to rectify issues.
We may even have you put some of those changes into action right away and show you the improvement in efficiency and performance caused by those changes.
The Noraxon system is powerful, but the way we use it to effect change is more powerful still.
It would be great if everyone who came to the WPI was simply looking to get better at moving, but some people are just looking to get better, period. They may be coming off of an injury or surgery, and turn to the WPI for rehabilitation services.
The most common injuries we treat are knee injuries, primarily ACL tears, but we’ve worked with injuries ranging from torn elbow ligaments to replaced joints.
With all our rehabilitation clients, we take the same approach we take with anyone who comes to the WPI: we listen, we analyze, and we help you improve.
In the case of knee injuries, we have a special program — ACL-PRO — that goes beyond rehabilitation and even beyond restoring movement to get people moving better than they did before their knee injury.
A decade ago, it was unheard of that someone could move better after a torn ACL than they did before their injury. But thanks to Noraxon, and improvements in surgical techniques and rehabilitation strategies, we’re able to make that a reality for many people with knee-ligament tears.
“Working through the ACL Rehab Program with the WPI team has been a fun challenge,” explains Collegiate Volleyball Player, Ali Hoffman. “Jesse is extremely knowledgeable and pushed me to be better every day. The state-of-the-art technology has greatly helped fine tune my mechanics to get me back out on the volleyball court in a safe and injury-free manner. The WPI team offers a top-notch rehabilitation experience and empowers you to surpass your goals!”
All this great work has a simple start: listening to your “why” and doing everything we can to get you there.
The last step in the process is in many ways the most rewarding: It’s coming up with the strategies to make your “why” real, and then helping you act on those strategies.
Movement improvement is a definite process, and while you need to trust the process, it’s a whole lot easier to trust the process if it’s measured regularly and you can see the impact of the changes you’ve made.
Because of that, we do multiple movement analyses as you move through your program, not only so you can see the results of your labors but to check for any other issues that might develop along the way.
For instance, one of the major concerns with severe injuries like ACL tears is that people might compensate for their injury by putting more stress on other body parts, eventually causing them to break down.
Effective movement is the result of your whole body working in sync, and we want to check regularly to make sure that’s happening as it should.
It’s A Relationship
When you come to the WPI, we don’t look at it as a one-and-done. We look at it as the start of a long-term relationship where we team up to get you and keep you moving at your best throughout your life.
We sincerely care about you and your goals, and we rejoice in your progress.
If that sounds good to you, contact us for a 15-minute, no-obligation initial phone consultation.
We’re excited about the WPI, and we can’t wait to help you reach your movement goals!