Movement as Medicine

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Does this sound like you…

  • Every time I workout, or perform normal daily tasks my body gets in the way and I end up hurting.
  • I am exercising harder / longer and I can’t seem to make any progress. I think I may be getting worse.
  • I got injured, completed physical therapy yet I still can’t get back to my previous level of performance.

If you said YES, you have come to the right place!

Muscle aches and pains, joint injuries, joint replacements, poor alignment and poor posture are very common these days, but far from normal. These are symptoms your body uses to communicate that imbalances and dysfunction exist, that something is wrong.

These imbalances and dysfunction most often manifest as a Primal Pattern® deficiency or difficulties moving.

The Primal Patterns® are the basic movements essential for survival and daily activities, they include the Squat, Lunge, Twist, Bend, Push, Pull and Gait.

Inner Unit

Inner Unit

Primal Pattern® efficiency. Stability and alignment requires a strong foundation. This foundation is your core, or what remains after removing your arms and legs.

Your core consists of two muscle groups. There is the “inner unit,” deep abdominal and back muscles which align and stabilize your pelvis and ribcage via the spine. There is also the “outer unit” which act as a gross stabilizer and initiates movement from the center of your body.

Core dysfunction reduces joint stability and alignment greatly reducing your body’s ability to react to and compensate for increased levels of joint compression, shearing and/or torque. This sets you up for injury in one of two ways:

  • The risk of an acute injury will increase as the forces and loads placed upon the body increase beyond your ability to compensate.
  • The risk of overuse injuries increase over time as the body becomes unable to continue compensating. Overuse injuries appear “out of nowhere” as you were doing nothing different.

Injuries, aches and pains are symptoms of an underlying problem. Unless you look for it or dig deep enough you will not locate the true root of the problem. Once you do you can then safely, efficiently and effectively re-stabilize the joint(s), increase joint mobility, build strength, improve overall function while reducing the risk of injury.

To ensure success I begin with a comprehensive assessment of all clients. If You Are Not Assessing, You Are Guessing. I have found that few people appreciate guessing when it comes to their health and function.

Assessments take into account your goals and your health and activity history. I also perform a physical assessment looking at your:

  • Posture and Alignment
  • Core Function (inner and outer unit)
  • Joint Stability and Mobility
  • Primal Patterns®

After the assessment we sit down, discuss the findings and how I can be of assistance.