Technology is awesome. In the last 30 years we have made strides in automation once thought possible only by the whimsical fantasy and production of Hollywood. Innovation has taken, “dream it, do it” to heart, with the exception of the hover board (which I secretly hope still happens). As a result, we have now come to rely on the ambient glow of our computer screen. Yet, this comes with a bigger price tag then the small chicken farm we had to trade for our Apple X product.
We are in a new state of training where we are being physically molded by furniture, gravity and inactivity. Cross-sectional research by Rheumatology Oxford, suggests that musculoskeletal pain is more common now than it was 30 years ago. Which supports the concept that decreased activity may lead to muscular dysfunction and ultimately, injury.
Lucky for us here in Montana, we are in the mecca of outdoor activity. Bozeman boasts one of the most active communities in the entire US, yet, at Physical Therapy Elite, we still see many people with postural deficiencies and/or injury as a result of muscular imbalance. So what gives?
We are what we repeatedly do. Even though we are picking sweet lines down the face of the Bridger’s, ice climbing, hiking, bow hunting or running epic trails on the weekends; most of us are still 9-5, sitting, hunched, with shoulders rolled forward and toward that ambient glow. As a result of spending 70% of our time in sedentary positions, we are literally molding our bodies to develop faulty movement patterns. Again this often leads to pain and injury, but it doesn’t have to.
SO WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT?
Like I said before, We are what we repeatedly do! We talk and plan about training for a race or a competition, but what about life! It almost sounds cheesy to say, but, we have to train for life! On New Year’s we talked about making this year different. About finally starting and doing what we have been repeatedly wishing and wanting - committing/training to be who and what we want to be. Training for life means that regardless of our job, we will remain healthy enough to play on the weekends! To help our kiddos warm-up for soccer practice on a Wednesday evening! To help a friend move into their dream home without throwing out our back! So that 5 years from now, 10 years from now we won’t suddenly say, “What happened?! Everything hurts! I can’t do what I used to!”
Having an integrated, strength, stability and rolling program is critical to enabling ourselves to stay strong and healthy throughout our day-to-day routines, as well as our active pursuits. However, sometimes you don’t know what you can’t see. Before starting any routine it is important to work with a trained eye to assess any muscle imbalances and movement deficiencies in order to improve function and decrease the risk of injury.
It is much harder to undo what has already been done. The longer we allow negative postural adaptations and muscular deficiencies to reside, the more permanent they become! But it goes both ways! If we stay consistent with a specific, focused, goal-oriented regime, we can ensure that we do not fall victim to the “mold” (hunched over and sedentary!). So let’s start doing the right things, the right way and train beyond races and competitions - let’s train for life!
Physical Therapy Elite has a Sports Performance Lab that offers full movement analysis and evaluation that will identify and assess movement restrictions, deficiencies and muscular imbalance. Generally, this is performed with a team approach to include our Doctor of Physical Therapy and Sports Performance Director. We can help you identify your risk of injury, develop a plan of action and implement an integrative corrective strategy.
Have questions or want to learn more? As always, feel free to give us a call: 406-404-1313
Remember: The most effective way of treating an injury is to prevent it!