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You’re keeping fit, but are you moving well?

Posted on: March 3rd, 2015 by Laurie Plouffe No Comments

mtn-biking-jpgEveryone knows the importance of seeing a physio if they have pain or an injury. But did you know we can also be very helpful in preventing injury as well as making sure you are performing to your optimal ability?If you’re reading this publication it is likely you are someone that does some sort of physical activity to stay fit, organized or not. That is a huge accomplishment in itself. Moving the body is very important, it is even more important to make sure you are moving it well. The body is very good at finding ways to cheat, to get something done along the path of least resistance. For example, we always hear of people going in for cardiac testing after an episode, only to find that they already have a 90% blockage of arteries. The body is still finding a way to function around that major dysfunction even if it isn’t efficient.

If you’re reading this publication it is likely you are someone that does some sort of physical activity to stay fit, organized or not. That is a huge accomplishment in itself. Moving the body is very important, it is even more important to make sure you are moving it well. The body is very good at finding ways to cheat, to get something done along the path of least resistance. For example, we always hear of people going in for cardiac testing after an episode, only to find that they already have a 90% blockage of arteries. The body is still finding a way to function around that major dysfunction even if it isn’t efficient.

We want to help ensure that you are using your body to its maximum efficiency in order to enhance your performance and limit the incidence of injuries. Physical therapists at our facility are trained in what is called Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA); what that means is we look at the body’s movement patterns on a whole body functional level, from head to toe, and determine the quality of the movement. A limitation or a faulty movement pattern will indicate that something isn’t working to its optimal level, and could potentially lead to an injury or problem down the road. For example, if a joint isn’t moving as well as it should be, something down the chain, another body part is going to have to compensate for that lack of movement by moving too much, potentially leading to overuse. Or a body part may be moving more than it should, what we call hypermobility, and an adjoining body section is going to have to work harder to stabilize for that which could also lead to an injury. Following such an assessment, corrective exercises and movement pattern training are implemented in order to get the body working in its most efficient manner, as well as treatment if at all indicated.

Corrective exercises and movement preparation can be implemented prior to activity to cue the body to work efficiently and enhance the upcoming activity. Many professional athletes are seeing the benefits of such screening and functional movement exercises prior to performance in order to ensure optimal performance. Such pre-game/ pre-training rituals are becoming the norm for many NBA, NFL, PGA and amateur level athletes.

The presence of pain, ongoing discomfort at rest or consistently during an activity is a clear indication that you should be seeing a physical therapist in order to assess and treat the injury. Therapists have lots of tools to assist you in regaining function and decreasing pain such as Intra-muscular stimulation (IMS), acupuncture, many modalities, and manual therapy to name a few. Massage also has numerous benefits and can help the body move well.

Just as it is important to eat well to enhance your physical activity benefits, it is important to ensure the vehicle, your body, is operating as optimally as it can be. No one wants to be sidelined with an injury, especially when we have such a short summer to take advantage of outdoor sports. Let a qualified therapist in Functional Movement ensure that you are operating for peak performance.

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