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Posted by on Feb 15, 2021 | 0 comments

The Difference Between Stability & Mobility


Today we are talking about stability and mobility. There’s a couple of things that your body wants to do and is extremely good at. Your brain is going to want your body to remain stable because your brain knows that if your joints aren’t stable, they’re going to get injured. So your body, or your brain is going to try to create stability when you move or are doing any activities, because that’s what protects you. The problem that can become of that is that if you’re not using good mechanics, it’s going to try to stabilize you in positions that aren’t optimal for the joints or the muscles. So consequently, you would get joint pain and/or muscle pain. 

So that’s why it’s very important that you train the body in good mechanics. Train it so that your brain is stabilizing you in positions that are safe, so you’re not wearing joints or your muscles out. I always tell people, consider it like your car. If you’re driving your car around with the tires misaligned, they’re going to wear out. You drive half a mile a day, it may take you a couple of years. You drive 100 miles a day, it’s going to be faster. But unless you’re the exception to the rule, at some point in time, you’re going to be dealing with this. Then one day you wake up and say, “I didn’t do anything different, but I moved this way and my back went out,” or, “my knee started hurting.” It wasn’t that particular movement. At that point in time, it’s just that their body had had enough.

So your body’s always going to try to seek stability. To seek stability, you need to start from the ground up, because your feet are the only two things in contact with the ground. If they’re not stable, there’s nothing above you that can be stable. Therefore, your joints are at risk.

The second thing your body/brain does, is it tries to conserve energy. Why? Because your brain uses 25% of your energy and it’s going to spare energy to make sure your brain gets its food. With that in mind, every motion that you do, your brain tries to figure out the easiest way to do it. The problem is, if your mechanics aren’t good, your brain is trying to conserve energy with poor mechanics.

So, this month we’re going to talk about stabilizing the feet with different, easy things you can do at home to work on stabilizing yourself while you move. We’re going to address that in three different videos. Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of them, and contact us at Fitness4Life Physical Therapy if you have any questions.

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Posted by on Jul 15, 2020 | 0 comments

The Importance Of Feet Stability

Hi, Mark and Ringo coming to you from Fitness4Life. What we’re going to talk about today is what I’ve been spending a lot of time focusing on lately – and that is feet. The reason being is because that’s the only contact a person has with the ground. So if your feet aren’t in a good position, if your feet aren’t stable, it can cause a lot of problems. So you’ve got to have a good foot-to-ground contact with any activity. Otherwise, any other area in your body can be prone to break down, because your body’s always trying to be stable.

Your body is going to try to find a way to keep you protected by trying to stabilize things. If you don’t have a good foot-to-ground contact, and your feet aren’t providing a good stable base to start from, nothing above your body is going to be able to find a very good stability point either. So we see a lot of people breaking down simply because of what their feet are doing.

Sometimes, unfortunately, this can mean they have pain or problems elsewhere. You cannot only look at where they’re having pain.  Knee pain, for instance, is not necessarily a knee issue.  A lot of times you have to look at the foot and/or the hip because the knee is just taking the brunt of it. It’s not because of the knee having the problem itself. It’s just where the symptoms are. So with that being said, when I’m looking at it with any patient for almost everything that they come in with is looking at their feet first; seeing how they’re walking, seeing how they’re standing, see if they’ve got mobility, see if they’ve got stability.

Check out our YouTube page where I will demonstrate three different exercises/stretches you can do at home to help stabilize your feet.  If you have further questions, contact us at Fitness4LifePT.com.

 

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