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Made to Move

Published: 16th Nov 2017   



Our body is a direct representation of the amount of moving we have performed over the last 3 months. Each muscle contraction, stretch and step exerts physical forces on our skeleton and supporting tissues. These mechanical forces cause physical adaptations throughout the body, stimulating bones to grow stronger and muscles to get bigger. The more moving we do the more physiological improvements we make and if we move at a high enough intensity for long enough (say a few times a week, for 6 weeks) we become fitter and healthier.

Sadly, these adaptations also work in reverse and modern British lifestyle is becoming more and more sedentary. Each technological advance slowly eradicates more and more natural activity from our daily schedules. The physical challenges of modern life in Britain today is a far cry from the struggle presented 50 years ago. The comfort and convenience of the "Cyber Age" is depriving us of all the toil and hard work that previously kept our hearts pounding, lungs bellowing and our muscles strong. This recent increase in sedentary behaviour, both at work and in our leisure time, leads to an erosion of our fundamental movement patterns.

The regular performance of our basic functional movement patterns underpins our ability to move well and to maintain a healthy body structure. This rehearsal of a variety of different movements produces a frame which can crawl, stand, walk, run and throw. However, if our environment strips us of a need to perform such movements, we soon lose the ability to do so. Lose the practise, lose the pattern! This deterioration in movement begins after about 6 weeks of inactivity and leads to a decline in strength, coordination and balance.

Research evidence links poor movement patterns to injury and a lack of physical activity to poor health outcomes. Checking our basic movement skills periodically can help to highlight strength and balance problems early so that they can be corrected and injury avoided. The squat, which is an ability to get the backside level with the knees, or a rise from a chair without using your hands and your knees coming inside your feet without pain is one of the most important movement patterns to maintain.

The loss or decline in squatting ability, regardless of age, is a sign we are losing key movement skills and is call to action if we want to prevent frailty, injury and disease. If you have pain with or difficulty performing a squatting movement your body is sending you a message. It's time to visit the Physio, so contact us now!



  


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