Motion, specifically movement, symbolizes life. We move with conscious intention, and we move in automatic response. Our activities combine both reflex and purposeful movement behavior. In most cases, the first supports the second, and the second triggers the first. Like two sides of a coin we cannot separate these easily or practically.
When we move, we think about intended movement, but we dismiss the subtle adjustments our bodies and minds make to support the initial intention. To some degree, our movements represent our physical strengths as well as our limitations, and our movements and body language can also forecast an emotional state.
We often communicate about movement in pure and clean mechanical terms, but human movement surpasses simple angles, vectors, forces and directions. Human movement is a behavior, and directions. Human movement is a behavior, and we should think of it within behavioral parameters. In general fitness, conditioning, rehabilitation and medicine, movement measurements set a baseline. We measure with this baseline, whether enhancing performance or restoring a previous level of function.
Some personal fitness clients have a greater concern for rapid weight loss than for total fitness. Many athletes focus on superhuman feats of speed, power and endurance and set of athletic fundamentals and a brace training approach. They do not consider it productive to build a superior foundation, even though most consistent physical accomplishments center on that platform.
Patients with musculoskeletal problems often focus so much on pain relief, they failed to see the disparity between basic symptom management and true healing or resolution of a problem. In their distress, they mistake pain as the problem without understanding it is merely a signal, and that the problem may remain even after the signal is gone.
Human movement arises from patterns designed to protect and feed us (to help us receive pleasure and avoid pain). We have to move away from looking at human movement into parts and start looking at movement on a whole. Otherwise we will just end up chasing symptoms instead addressing the root cause of human movement dysfunction. Strength and conditioning experts need a better understanding of medical and rehabilitation systems. Likewise, those involved in medicine and rehabilitation need a better understanding of fitness and conditioning systems. To bridge the gap between healthcare and fitness. Creating an understanding and an active dialog between the professions is the solution. We all work with movement, and each of us needs to understand the fundamental principles of human movement.
At New York Fitness Professionals (FITPROS) in New Rochelle, NY our personal trainers provide exercise programs for those with medical conditions and can work with your physician, chiropractor, or physical therapist to develop an exercise program that will be safe and effective in helping you achieve your health and fitness goals and improve your overall quality of life.