An Interview with Dr. Todd Riddle
How are you a pioneer in this field?
When you take something like traditional IASTM and you add movement to it they got accelerated outcomes.
What we’re doing is taking your traditional IASTM courses and trying to make it more of a system as opposed to a technique, because if you’re focused strictly on techniques that’s all you’ve got, but if you develop a system now it’s for everybody.
I like to do what works and I try to be as evidence-informed about that as possible.
Noah: What is the unique to the lens that you look through?
Noah: What are you seeing in the performance and Rehab world that’s moving in that direction towards validating functional assessment?
Dr. Todd Riddle: It’s not just about the rehab program itself because if you’re thinking that everything that you’re doing for that patient from a pathological and anatomical standpoint you’re missing a much larger picture.
Each one of those people come to us with a different background. They are the whole person. If we’re going to look at the bio-mechanical side we also have to look at what’s going on in their life that may be driving this problem because it may not be a bio-mechanical issue at all. It could be that their mother just died or they lost their job or something awful has happened.
The assessment includes a movement assessment, orthopedic testing, neuro-testing, and a psychological evaluation.
Noah: What are some of the tools of your clinical practice?
Dr. Todd Riddle: I rely heavily on the FAKTR protocol and I’m blessed to work at Texas Chiropractic College and I get to focus very heavily on the rehab side.
It’s a team approach and I get to work in the sweet spot, which is rehab.
From a rehab standpoint I get to focus on the patho-anatomical and the bio-mechanical. My entire job is to get somebody out of pain as quickly as possible and to improve function as quickly as possible.
Whether that’s using instruments, cupping, decompression, hands-on approach, or exercise. I wish I could say that I have this magical bullet for that one thing that works and you know that there is no such thing. Refine this one tool that you have mastered and have been able to offer a large number of people.
Noah: How did you get into FAKTR.
Dr. Riddle: Initially I was hoping for physical therapy. I had a football scholarship and majored in kinesio therapy and after I graduated I worked in a rehab clinic at the University and realized that wasn’t the direction I wanted to go.
I threw myself into doing sports performance along with rehabilitation and I got introduced to Dr. Hyde and he became my mentor and eventually I started teaching for FAKTR.
See the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=g8uj_ccpxqo