Reality Check with Functional Movement Medicine

In our modern prescription oriented medical culture, you may find yourself asking your healthcare professionals, “What do I do for this SPECIFIC ailment that is UNIQUE to me?’ We often don’t ask questions like, “What am I doing everyday to create this issue?” Or, “What have I been doing the past twenty years that may have attributed to this ailment?”

Here’s an example. You have plantar fasciitis or bunions and you’d like to know what to do specifically for this. You might come to Yoga and find that the teacher is discussing how to execute Mountain Pose, or Tadasana. He discusses where you bear your weight on your feet, placement of feet, how to engage the quads, what to do with the knees, how to determine if your pelvis is neutral and square, the places your breath goes in your body, the space between the vertebrae in your spine, anterior head carriage, and where to set your gaze. He may even discuss awareness at the level of beliefs and intention in parts of your body.

At the end of class, you go up to him and say, “So, what do I do about my bunions?” You say you understand everything he went over in class and you just want to know what to do about your specific ailment, that has a medical Western name and probably a story attached to it.

The connecting point is that (part of) the answer to your question is in how you stand. It’s in how you walk. It’s in the functional movement patterns that you spend 24 hours a day programming your body to move in. When you’re standing, sitting, or moving in a way that disrupts the anatomical alignment of the natural way your body is effortlessly designed to move in, dis-function occurs. Sometimes, pain results (pain isn’t always an indicator of dis-function and dis-function doesn’t always equal pain). In the case of bunions, the body comes up with a solution to solve the issue of probable gait disturbance and/or patterns of pronation or supination.

Our modern day solution is to have surgery. This is a short term solution and, if that gait hasn’t been corrected, the bunion will come back.

If a person learns to monitor their functional movement patterns, then the root of the issue may be addressed.

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