As an osteopath I deal with movement everyday. I also see how a reduction of movement leads to a body struggling with pain, dysfunction and illness.
Our bodies are designed to move, even down to a cellular level. The movement of blood, lymph, neurotransmitters, cartilage, bone and immune cells all help to maintain health. The way our bodies function is a result of how we have moved throughout our entire lives. This is because our cells adapt to forces we create by the way we sit, stand and move throughout the day as well as forces caused by trauma and injury.
Exercise is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. But exercise is different to movement. Lifting weights, riding a bike or trying to get a kick on the weekend require different movements to those required for function. We know that periods of heart pumping, sweat inducing exercise isn’t enough to offset sedentary activities throughout the rest of the day. Combine this with other poor lifestyle choices and the result is a population with an increasing number of people suffering from chronic pain, stiffness and ill-health. Being able to walk 25km, carry heavy loads, hold your own body weight or transitioning swiftly from floor to standing may not give you the same endorphin boost, but it does require movements which are essential for our biology.
Society has evolved to create a greater divide between the way we move and the way we were designed to move. We have adapted to changes in technology, transport and ergonomics, which have made those tasks requiring varied movements, effortless or obsolete.
So why bother? Shouldn’t we embrace the ease in which technology provides us?
The problem is, that although our environment and the way we use our bodies has changed since we were hunter gathers, the fundamental biology has not, nor have the movement requirements for health. As our cells adapt to our new sedentary ways and the capacity for varied movement diminishes, it is no wonder our tissues fail when we are required to load them outside their usual capabilities. Its a regular occurrence to have patient presenting with pain following moving house, a sunny days gardening or a new job.
With an ageing population and the rate of chronic disease and disability on the rise, we at Holistic Osteopathy think it’s time we got people moving again. That’s why we are introducing ‘Love to Move’ sessions, which involve a combination of our traditional osteopathic treatments as well as a unique movement based assessment of your whole body. From here we work on re-training your muscles, joints and nervous system to move more efficiently.
We have found this approach to be suitable for general sports rehabilitation, chronic pain sufferers, post birth pelvic issues or those who would just want to move with more freedom.
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