What is Functional Movement?

Why should functional movement matter to us? 

Functional Movement is the ability to move the body with proper muscle and joint function for effortless, pain-free movement. It is based on real-world biomechanics making us efficient in everything you do; whether it is sports, general fitness, or activities of daily living. This is important to maintain good health and remaining injury free. 

Sounds easy, right?

Like anything we do, movement is skill. Like any skill to maintain, this requires practice. Watch any child, you will see them easily and nimbly couch, squat, jump and climb. Unfortunately, as we reach our late teen years and into adulthood, much of this play and movement are replaced with sitting. We then only really move in a sagittal (forward and backwards) plane .We then begin to develop dominant and weak muscles.

The result?

If any part of your body is experiencing pain, there’s a good chance that there is some dodgy functional movement going on. It might be a weakness, muscle imbalance, poor functioning joint, limitation in strength, or flexibility.

If we repeatedly move our body with bad posture, or poor body mechanics, this poor movement will compromise us over time. Poor functional movement patterns cause the body to accept this as a normal way to move. We should be paying attention on how we move our body and muscles.

It will take a new and improved understanding of your current posture and movement habits, better body awareness, along with doing the right exercises to reinforce new muscle habits.  In time, you’ll discover the health improvement benefits of paying attention to how your body moves, and enjoy moving well with better functional movement habits for better whole-body health.

So, how can my functional movement be checked?

Pru at Hands on Health Care Clinic has seminars on Functional Movement assessment. She is offering a free functional assessment to all that is interested. You may be surprised to what you find out!

To book call 9949 3017 or book online.

July 27, 2016
Georgina Smith