Fitness and Movement Assessments
Starting to get into working out and exercising? Playing a new sport, or old sport again for the first time in a while? Getting aches and pains every time you do a certain exercise/workout? Ankles/knees/back/shoulders/neck hurt daily or after activities? Plateauing at a certain weight on an exercise and you can’t seem to get any higher?
First off, good job if you’re being active and your pains or concerns are due to being active! I’ve run into these questions and problems, among others, along my fitness journey many times. And often a good answer generator is to go back to the foundations of fitness; are you/am I moving well?
Fitness and movement assessments are an excellent and primary tool I and any good health professionals utilize to make sure we build your fitness and health routine on a sturdy foundation.
A movement assessment allows me to see how you move through the major joints in your body as well as how you link these into athletic movements. Based off this we can discover your bodies strengths, and any weak links that we can work on turning into strengths.
The body works as a collective unit for movement. Yes we utilize specific joints, actions, and muscles for specific movements, but there are many other joints and muscles helping out with these seemingly isolated movements. And of course, with big full body and locomotive actions, like squatting, or running and jumping, we utilize almost all of our bodies musculature to move.
If there are weak links along the chain, these can lead to overcompensating elsewhere in your body, and result in imbalances, pain, and decreased performance. A movement assessment can help identify these weak links and allow us to correct and improve them in order to allow your whole body to function well.