Our modern world continues to encourage more sedentary demands that in turn create growing deficiency in our “inherent” movement requirements. We are designed by nature to move. When we fail to meet “nature’s” standards of movement quantity and quality our bodies adapt by developing movement deficiencies and toxicities. A movement deficiency (quantitative) is when we do not move enough throughout the day; we need to be walking 3 -5 hours week minimum. A toxic movement pattern (qualitative) is anytime we move inefficiently, with poor form or body posture. Many of you may move and exercise a lot throughout a given week but are not cognizant of poor body posture or form. Ideally, one must find a balance between qualitative and quantitative movement requirements on a daily basis and throughout his/her life in order to sustain our natural resource of physical mobility.
Those of you who are inactive must make an effort to move more on a daily basis. To those of you who do exercise regularly; have you ever wondered why after investing a period of time working out that you have what appears to be a “mysterious” onset of some painful condition of the musculoskeletal system, i.e. a bout of low back pain, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, foot pain, etc.? You know what I am talking about; that time when you bend over to pick something off the floor and are suddenly confronted with a serious bout of low back pain, or your neck seizes up while towel drying your hair.
The cycle of “quiet” pain (see the Cycle of quiet pain illustration ) shows the evolution of these sudden, often times disabling, episodes of musculoskeletal pain. With the exception of a sudden, unexpected physical trauma, most painful musculoskeletal conditions evolve from poor movement habits. Many of you will deal with this sudden onset of pain by resting, icing, taking some form of anti-inflammatory medication, consulting your M.D., physiotherapist, massage therapist, and/or your chiropractor. These are varied means of addressing your pain. Once your pain has remitted and you “feel” back to normal; have the inefficient movement patterns/habits that initiated this painful onset changed? Absolutely not! A truly pro-active approach is one that addresses movement patterns of daily living. Failure to address these poor movement habits often times will lead to another painful onset at some point in time.
Remember pain is a signal that something is not normal. Listen to it before it leads to a serious injury and think in terms of managing your daily movement habits in an effective way. If this article makes sense to you ask us about our NEW Move Smarter, Move Better program.
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