“First move well. THEN move often” – Gray Cook. This statement is so applicable to all aspects of physicality, especially in my line of work. I’d like to start adding more thoughts and content to this site again. I have had a busy year with patient care, attending courses, and family life – all great blessings, though. My focus this year is going to be on mobility, stability and overall function. That will still include thoughts and ideas to help address pain, but with less of a generic spin (hopefully).
As a physical therapist, I see people every day who are hurting or have lost ability to move and operate like they used to. Along with addressing their pain and dysfunction, I seek to give patients ways to help prevent future occurrences. If I only remove their pain without finding the source, their success with be marginalized at best…even if they are happy in the short term because their pain is reduced. As I have grown in my knowledge and practice, I have started to emphasize the importance of establishing a standard baseline. Something that is objective, measurable, and is based on human development (i.e. movement patterns we all established with moving from infants to toddlers to children). Something many of us lose over time with things like:
- Poor postural habits
- Poor nutritional habits and food quality
- Poor work ergonomics
- Poor quality and quantity of sleep
- Poor advice/instruction
- Improper recovery between workouts and exercises
- Improper variety of workouts/movements
- Improper exercise volume which leads to poor form/compensation
- Improper rehabilitatin following an injury + using medicine to mask it
- AND MANY MORE
Basically, I want to start writing more posts that challenge the readers to address their source of dysfunction and not just put a band-aid over it…even if that band-aid was arguably “helpful” because it felt good for a little while. Keep reading. I am excited about the upcoming information, useful advice helpful treatment options and health challenges heading your way!
(List of examples from http://www.graycook.com)