We’ve only got one body — so why not treat it well in everything we do, including moving it?
When we walk, run, play sports, lift weights, or just sit in front of the computer (umm, all day, every day), we should be tuning in to how we use our muscles — for optimal functioning in healthy, efficient and pain-free movement.
Consider this: if any part of your body is experiencing pain, it’s pretty likely that some element of your body’s functional movement system (which I refer to as myofascial slings) has been compromised.
This may manifest as:
- weakness/decreased strength
- muscle imbalance
- poor functioning joint
- decreased flexibility
And it doesn’t matter whether one or more of these show up in your ankles, hips, pelvis, knees, back, shoulders, neck or the classic “pain in the butt”…the whole body has been cleverly designed like a complex chain link system that works for you to move with biomechanical efficiency.
(At least that’s the idea!)
That’s why the term ‘functional movement’ – which I prefer to expand that to holistic and functional movement isn’t just a trendy exercise term du jour.
It’s a body movement concept that everyone needs in their everyday repertoire!