You just put on shoes, picked up a few things off the floor, walked to your car, sat and reached behind you to get some important papers before driving off for work. In a short period of time you used 4 basic movement patterns without really thinking about it.
Essential for growth and overall health, the body needs to move in 7 primal movement patterns that include squat, lunge, push, pull, bend, twist and gait.
Previously as hunter-gathers, these movements were directly connected to personal survival. How could you expect to live in nature without them? Back then, being unable to move well meant no capacity to hunt for food, bend to get wood and water, walk to explore the environment and even play.
Without meeting those basic human physical needs, life would be impossible to sustain. You had no choice but to be stable, strong, coordinated, make quick decisions and be vigilant of your surroundings. Slipping on a rock, falling from a tree or being surprised by a predatory animal could be injurious or life threatening.
“Today’s conveniences and easy pickings tend to promote irresponsibility, thoughtless neglect and what I call lazy-itis. This suppresses your innate desire to exercise or maintain health as your immediate survival is not in jeopardy.”
Corrective Exercise Improves Movement
Today, when you are injured or have limited mobility due to age or lack of exercise, you are not able to perform these relatively simple motions yet you can survive. However, your quality of life is not the same. Perhaps a sport you once enjoyed or hobbies like gardening are no longer possible. Even walking leaves you short of breath or is too painful to your back and legs.
To bring back these natural movements, you need effective biomechanical rehabilitation. It’s not only about being physical but also about this mentality and lack of physical awareness that results in loss of strength, stability and balance, leading to poor posture, a painful body, low energy and often a multitude of chronic health issues.
Learning and practicing the seven movement patterns is the bedrock for your long term general fitness. Most of us understand that exercise can greatly help, whether it is implemented or not is the emotional component, which is directly related to physical development. Making the commitment to improving your mobility will usually translate to feeling better and happier.
Benefits of these seven movement patterns include:
- Comprehensive, well rounded musculoskeletal development
- Joint stability for pain reduction and elimination
- Improved posture for less stress on the spine [postural restoration]
- Enhanced athletic and daily life performance
- Improved coordination, flexibility and agility
- An increase in overall health and wellbeing