As I and my colleagues go down the path of Functional Movement Training, the feedback from our clients is basically the same across populations and abilities. “I never thought I would be able to play tennis again”, “I can’t remember the last time my shoulder bothered me”, or “I’ve never felt better”, and many like this. I had a client that gave me some different feedback last week though. Although it wasn’t negative, it was a result of the newer type of training we have been doing for the past couple of years. She said that she doesn’t have the arm strength that she “used to”, and attributed it to the fact that we were not lifting in way that overloaded the muscles in her arms. My first question was what her reference for that observation was. She said she felt she could no longer move heavy objects around her home, to which I responded that maybe the shift to functional training just made her more aware of injury prevention. I did have to remind her that we quit lifting heavy when she started experiencing some impingement syndrome in her shoulder, which she had of course forgotten.
One of the things we focus on in functional movement training and corrective exercise is to be able to perform the activities of daily living in ones’ life efficiently and without risk of injury by striving to maintain functional capacity. By the way, it seems that every week that we read an article that suggests sitting, due to all the technology in our lives, and a sedentary lifestyle presents risk for injury by creating muscle imbalances in the body. This challenge is a call to action to practice mobility, stability, flexibility, agility and balance on a daily basis. That can be as easy as walking, or more involved by working with a Fitness Professional that specializes in functional movement. It is no longer as easy as just going to the gym as people are getting injured there by doing the wrong types of movements for them. Incidentally, 6 to 15% of athletes experience low- back pain each year, with low-back pain being one of the major forms of musculoskeletal degeneration seen in the adult population. This, and other injuries are increasing the call for competent fitness professionals to guide people to health.
Call the Functional Movement Experts today at Better Bodies Tucson 520-318-3488 to see how improving your functional capacity can positively affect your life.