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Posted on 06-03-2016

Movement Equals Life

The way a person moves, not the way a person looks, defines the health of the person.   We see this fact play out often in both athletes and in non-athletes, in the young and in the old.  A person comes to the office and appears outwardly to be in “good health” with good muscle tone and yet is experiencing pain, dysfunction and a wide range of what seem to be unrelated health problems.  The problem really comes from how we, as a society, have been conditioned to view the body and the mind as a group of isolated parts rather than as one whole unit.

We encounter the world around us through our 5 senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell, which feed a continuous flow of information to our brain through our nervous system.  With this information, our brain makes decisions on how to best adapt and survive every second of the day and sends information continuously back out  through this same nervous system to our cells, organs, muscles, tissues, and joints.  With that information, our body moves, both internally and externally, the best it can given the information it has received combined with the body’s physical capacity for those movements.  The flow of this information both to the brain and back out to the body is the key to how healthy and functional our body moves and works.

Given these facts, the best way to address a break-down in any part of the body is to look at the whole person, mind and body, and to assess how the person is moving.  Movement equals life and functional movement equals health.  We experience the world through our movements. 

As an example, when a person comes in with a pain such as elbow pain, foot pain, back pain or headache pain, all four may at first seem completely unrelated as they are different parts and regions of the body.  However, by focusing on the part where the pain is rather than the whole, effective treatment is rarely possible.  In addition, if we address our treatment only to the symptoms such as spasms, inflammation and pain, the best we can hope for is temporary relief of the symptoms.  The best treatment always focuses on the whole body function which often means re-training our mind and body to move in a better way.  There’s a big difference between a functional skill and a functional movement.   A functional skill may be something as simple as lifting bags of groceries off the ground.  Functional movement is how your body is performing that task.  Each day we are all performing various functional skills but that doesn’t necessarily mean we are performing those movements in a functionally sound way.  By performing functional skills without the right functional movements, we are creating an environment for injury to our body.  Re-training the brain and body to move as a whole in a functional way by restoring joint alignment, muscle balance and movement patterns is essentially to restoring the health and well-being to the body. 

Always remember, movement equals life, functional movement equals health, and lack of movement equals death and decay.  Choose today to move your body so that you can live a long and healthy life.          

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