Ideally, we should be able to move our body beyond whatever life puts in front of us. Having a buffer zone of ability is key to movement health and avoiding injury.
If you have to lift something from the ground, you have to get into the positions to do so. If you can’t get into those positions, that is when injury occurs. So before anything else – before starting a lifting program, before starting a running program – the first thing to look at is if you can get into the positions of that activity. How do you know which activities you can get in and out of? Understand what your capabilities are and what your limitations are. You can get screened properly by a professional such as a physical therapist or movement specialist.
Tips to Improve your Movement Health
– Move more often such as take the stairs at work instead of the elevator. Get up from your chair at your desk every ten or fifteen minutes. When you can’t get up, perform some stretching at your desk or some isometric contractions of your glutes, abs and leg muscles.
– Get a routine going. Having a formation takes at least four weeks.
– Start getting in the habit of some self-maintenance (when you wake up in the morning or before you go to bed). A good time may be when watching TV at night. Go down on the floor and use a foam roll or a tennis ball and work on some tight areas. Then, go through some stretching for areas that have been restricted. This helps keep mobility up and improve movement health.
Movement Health at Ferraro Spine & Rehabilitation
We are here to help you achieve movement health and avoid injury and re-injury. Our team will guide you through the best practices for optimal health. Achieving movement health is our goal for you!
Dr. Anthony Manzella is Director of Physical Therapy at Ferraro Spine & Rehabilitation, a multi-specialty wellness facility serving northern NJ and the NY metro area for the past 18 years. If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Manzella, you can call (973) 478-2212 to schedule an appointment or you can go online to www.ferrarospine.com.