Mobility must precede stability. Drills and exercises are only effective if mobility is not compromised. This means we must address mobility before expecting a new level of motor control. Basically if you change perception, you can change behavior.
You can’t normalize mobility in all cases, however an attempt should always be made. In most cases, mobility has the potential to improve. With each improvement, motor control can be addressed with basic stabilization exercise or an reactive neuromuscular training drill.
Mobility problems are movement dysfunctions. They are most likely the byproduct of inappropriate movement, or they could be the result of a poorly managed injury, physical stress, emotional stress, postural stress or inefficient stabilization. Loss of mobility is sometimes the only way the body can achieve a point of stability, but that stability is not authentic. Your body creates stiffness or inflexibility to allow continued physical performance.
A weak core might cause you to develop tightness in the shoulder girdle or neck musculature as a secondary attempt to continue functioning. Chronic low back pain and stability problems may cause you to develop tightness in the hip flexors and hamstrings as secondary braces even if it reduces mobility. The body has worked out a solution and although the solution might compromise mobility in some regions, it affords functional survival.
If mobility is improved, the body cannot rely on stiffness and inappropriate muscle tone. Motor control exercises that engage both the sensory and motor systems will call on primary stabilizers to work, while tightness and stiffness are temporarily not options. If exercise is too stressful, you will default to old patterns, and if exercise does not challenge the primary stabilizers, they will not reintegrate into posture and movement. It is extremely important to use the right amount of stress.
Babies enter the world with uncompromised mobility and follow a natural progression, rolling, creeping, crawling, kneeling and walking. So we use the same kind of progression in our training such as rolling, quadruped, kneeling or half-kneeling. You perform a movement or simply challenge yourself by holding the position from a stable posture, progressing to less stable postures and into dynamic movement patterns.
Here at New York Fitness Professionals in New Rochelle, NY our personal trainers address the most fundamental movement-pattern problem with specific attention to mobility issues. When measurable mobility improvement is noted, we challenge the system without its crutch of stiffness and tightness.
We tap into natural reactions that maintain posture, balance or alignment at a level of stability our clients can handle. We avoid fatigue at all costs, and minimize verbal instruction and visual feedback attempting to challenge each individual to respond through feel.
Balance is automatic and natural. We encourage our clients not to over-think or try too hard, and make sure they are not stress breathing. As they develop control, we progress them, but we are always mindful to not overload or turn a motor-control drill into a conventional exercise.
We are the best personal trainers in Westchester, NY. We provide our clients with a home corrective exercise program to help maintain gains. We also provide mobility exercises and breathing drills.