Movement Pattern 3: Extension

Lean back…Today we are going to talk about Movement Pattern 3: Extension.   This is always a tricky movement.  First, there is A LOT going on here.  Second, people generally do not like to arch their backs like the picture shown.  We feel a little out of control, are afraid of pinching and grabbing-type pain, don’t feel stable/balanced, or just feel kind of stuck.  As always, let’s simplify the movement first. …

Movement Pattern 2: Flexion

 We are moving on to Movement Pattern 2: Flexion.  This pattern seems like you are testing an age old question…can you touch your toes?  It is a nice benchmark, but there is much more to it than that.  Look at everything that is moving to allow you to bend forward: Head/neck, shoulders, spine, hips, pelvis, knees and ankles.  All of that has to move, but also has to stabilize to keep you…

Movement Pattern 1: The Neck

Today, we are going to cover Movement Pattern 1: The Neck…it all starts here.  Think about watching an infant move.  The very first thing they learn(after eye movement) is head and neck control.  The reason is simple – Our bodies follow where our heads go.  That is why wrestlers grab around the head/neck, basketball players use head fakes and driver’s education instructors tell students to not turn the wheel when they…

Movement Patterns

Last post I talked about making a change…interrupting the pain…move better.  Today, I will introduce some basic movement patterns that we should all be able to perform.  Before I go into all of them, I want you to be critcial of yourself.  Don’t start by saying, “I’ve never had good balance” or “I’ve never been very flexible” or whatever.  These are all foundational movements that we could once perform (even if…

Interrupt the Pain Cycle

Our bodies can do amazing things; however, your body doesn’t know you “need to” sit in a meeting mow the lawn stand at a workstation/counter finish a project at the computer train for a marathon, play your sport, etc.  As a physical therapist a big part of my job is educating patients on interrupting the pain cycle.  So often I hear people say they don’t have time to take a…