Posts Tagged ‘pain’

I have been a little sporadic as of late on blog posts, but do not worry I will be getting back after it.  My articles the last few years have focused solely on nutrition.  Those articles will continue, but I am going to add another critical piece and begin writing more frequently about the science of human movement.

Many of you probably do not know that my Master’s degree is actually in human movement and I have roughly 10 years experience as a strength coach.  Orthopedic surgeries cost the United States roughly $215 billion annually.  The majority of this is completely avoidable.  Low back pain, knee pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, and the replacements and surgeries that come from these are caused from prolonged moving around with bad mechanics.

My articles will focus on the role of primitive movement patterns in developing adult patterns.  Every movement we make as a baby serves a purpose in the neurological development of more complex movements.  We can use these primitive patterns to help redevelop proper movement function.  Once we develop proper function we can begin to train to become elite in these patterns.

Too often exercise enthusiasts and personal trainers disregard the importance of proper movement and just train to become elite.  They may get bigger, stronger, and faster, but they are getting bigger, faster, stronger in compensatory movement patterns.  This will catch up to them with increased pain and increased risk of injury.  We even see this at the collegiate and professional levels.

Derek rose was an NBA MVP a couple of years ago.  He has barely played any games in the last two years due to a torn ACL and subsequent set backs post-surgery.  Derek Rose has suffered from anterior knee pain is whole life.  A good strength coach could have spared him a lot of pain and major injuries.  Non-contact injuries are on the rise in sports, and this includes youth sports.  These injuries are preventable and with proper movement training we can spare the future generations a lot of costly pain and suffering.  this includes athletes and non-athletes.

In my next post we will begin to gain an understanding of primitive patterns and how important diaphragmatic breathing is to movement skills.

As you all know I am a proponent of exercising based upon movement principles.  In essence work smart, not hard.  Too often people go to the gym and crush themselves in hopes of making up for other poor lifestyle choices.  This is ineffective for a couple of reasons.  For one, you are building physiological adaptations on a cracked foundation.  It is only a matter of time before the house caves in (see Derek Rose).  Also, exercise is a stressor and we are bombarded with other… stressors that we ignore.  This added stress of 4-6 intense workouts a week can throw us further down the rabbit hole.  We need to exercise the fundamental movement basics in the gym and then apply those learned skills by being more physically active day to day.  We sit in class to learn about math, and science.  Think of the gym as the classroom for your nervous system and skeleton to learn to move together in a way that will limit pain and disease.  This article by Katy Bowman is fantastic and explains the importance of moving more throughout the day.  If you decide to follow her great advice learning bracing techniques when standing can make a standing work station more effective, and then applying bracing techniques to a squatting position when we sit can further the movement quality of our lives.