Many athletes and fitness fanatics count their relationship with a physiotherapist as an important part of their wider exercise regime. Whilst regular exercise is great for your health, sometimes the aftermath following a particularly intense workout can be painful.Physiotherapy can be accessed to treat and reduce the risk of developing such sports injuries, whilst quick recovery can also be harnessed following injury or surgery. Check out the following techniques used by physiotherapists to promote pain-free movement and restore your well-being after exercise.
When we talk about exercise, we reference movement as occurring in 3 planes of motion. Sagittal (front-to-back), frontal (side-to-side) and transverse (rotational) Life occurs in these 3 planes of motion yet a lot of times people go workout in the gym (or workout at home) in only the sagittal plane. Examples would be doing some biceps curls, triceps extensions, forward lunges, running a bit on the treadmill and doing some crunches and then calling it a day. Doing this may get you really really good at going forward and back but you are missing out on the other 66% of how you move in a day.
For those of you who are not well versed in the manners of movement screening/functional movement screening, I aim to shed a little more light on the subject and hope to simplify the reasoning behind why these screens are important, both to the client and the trainer.