What is movement? And does it matter?
This is a great question! My response is always very emphatic – “Movement is Life.” If you aren’t moving then you aren’t living. We all need to move to survive, and we are in constant motion. Think about it for a second. Even if you are lying on the couch in the middle of a total sugar crash… Your heart is still beating, your blood continues to pump throughout your body, your lungs continue to expand and contract. If they stopped doing those things, I would feel pretty safe telling you that you are in a bad spot, and should probably have someone dial 911!
Obviously those movements are not the ones that I get to deal with most in my day to day interactions with my patients. I get to try to help people figure out how to touch their toes again or get on the floor to play with their children, or take the dog for a walk without having to worry about the pain that they will feel the next day. These are typical day to day tasks that you should be able to do without having to think about the repercussions, but for many it is not that simple.
So we need to simplify this for everyone. The more that you move now, the easier that your daily activities will become, and the end result of increased movement is a better quality of life! So why wouldn’t you want to move more? Our mission at Freedom Chiropractic & Rehab is to help everyone move as much as they possibly can, without causing any pain.
Remember that movement is medicine, and just like any other medication you need to have the proper prescription, including dosage and frequency. That is what makes the evaluation process so critical. The central focus of our examination is the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). First, we ask our patients to do some simple movements. We look for limitations in those movements which help to provide the framework for the patient’s exercise prescription. The beauty of this system is that it allows for us to go back and retest the movements that initially cause the patient’s limitation and/or pain, to see how much improvement has actually taken.
If there is someone in your life that you would like to see move better, have them give us a call to schedule an evaluation with the Doctors of Freedom Chiropractic & Rehab Today!
Movement is my Medicine,
Dr. William "Chip" Bleam