The goal of exercise rehabilitation is to restore normal biomechanics resulting in decreased pain and improved performance. We shouldn’t have to go through our day consciously reminding ourselves to “squeeze our core” or to “breathe into our bellies”. These are actions that should happen automatically. When a traumatic injury occurs, such as a strain or sprain, an inflammatory response arises. The body’s natural mechanics are interrupted in an attempt to protect the injured area, as a result. To decrease pain and prevent further injury, muscles will spasm and will fire improperly. Similarly, when a tissue is “overused” or in one position during a sustained posture (such as sitting) the mechanics will be compromised and pain will often occur.
Promoting and ensuring the most efficient and effective movement patterns is what we aim to do with exercise rehabilitation. This requires balancing stability and mobility of joints/tissues. Mobility is the ability of a joint to move through a range of motion with no restrictions.. Exercises focusing on mobility restore a full range of motion for a specified joint and often provide relief. Chiropractic adjustments and manual therapy are effective at restoring joint mobility as well. Stability is the ability of the surrounding tissues to maintain control and support the joint through its range of motion. Exercises focusing on stability, including breathing and core activation, look to improve muscle activation and promote proper movement patterns.
This balance allows for the most efficient and safe movement patterns. This prevents overuse injuries while also guarding against traumatic injuries. At breathe we recommend specific exercises that focus on restoring mobility while also increasing stability therefore resulting in decreased pain and improved overall performance!