Movement Correction & Learning
Correct before we condition
The movement systems have to be established prior to considering the challenges of fitness gains. This applies to all the soft and hard tissue structural architecture and positioning as well as the influence on how the nervous system controls them during interconnected motion. First we correct the set up of the physical arrangements whilst inactive in order to be able to preserve this ideal placement during action. Alignment and positioning deficits at rest will create muscular defects during movement and use.
If you don’t set the foundations exercise can’t be performed correctly and risks injury but guarantees unfulfilled potential. True training and conditioning is as much about learning to understand how we perform the physical task as it is about energy expenditure. Exercising on an incorrect movement base will only fortify the dysfunction. When you restore position you restore function and when you improve position you improve function.
Movement impairments can hinder the muscular performance through motion, stability, control and strength dysfunctions and can be like trying to cycle uphill with the brakes on. If we release the restriction of the brakes we can enable optimal output. Address the cause of the exercise limitation/movement impairment.
By demonstrating purposeful changes within interconnected movement systems, in the short term, the client with be able to perceive this physical progress through daily performance with reducing limitation or increased ability. These changes are evidence that the effort and endeavour of following the advice produces actual results that are transferred into everyday activity and quality of function. The continued use of the refined movement patterns soon becomes permanent if repeated frequently.
Before we introduce exercise we must initially address what is required to optimise the client’s unique movement arrangement. Any professional that works with exercise uses the premise that exercise will lead to physical improvements. Therefore it is obvious that for it to be most effective it must be performed correctly on a maximally organised and structured base. The purpose of exercise is to challenge the soft tissue functions under increasing difficulty to improve capability. Therefore any exercise has to have an integrated movement approach as its centre.
If poor movement is part of the problem then optimal movement is part of the treatment.
Every individual will differ because every individual has differences that structurally impact on physical alignment, arrangement and neuromuscular function. Alignments and movements unique to the individual will direct what is available as best practice for treatment or training and these are to be used as their individual start point to better health and fitness. From here as the physical improvements are achieved the exercise intensity, challenge, complexity and demand can be increased safely and appropriately. This is enabled and supported by the set foundations of movement and mobility quality that have previously been established.