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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 Sep 5, 2018 | 0 comments

Why Inner Thigh Muscles Are So Important

Your inner thigh muscles are typically very neglected. They should not be since they provide a lot of stability for the glute muscles, especially the ones on the side. The two together help keep your pelvis stable, which helps your balance. Strengthening these muscles is also necessary to prevent groin pain – which is important for people who weight train – as well as simply climbing the stairs.

Learn more in our video below about why the inner thigh muscles are so important, and how neglecting them can lead to multiple problems.

Stay tuned to our series to find out various exercises that you can do every day to help avoid the problems that come from neglected thigh muscles. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

As always, contact us here if you have any questions or concerns!

 

 

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Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 | 0 comments

Why Is Stability So Important?

Ever wonder why stability is so important? Why do we keep hearing about “stabilizing your core?” In this video, Mark explains why you have to learn to keep your body stable whether you are exercising or just doing things around your house. The reason? This is how you avoid injury.

The first thing Mark looks at is your feet and how you walk. Your feet have to hold up your entire body, so if you are not stable on your feet, you will succumb to injury.

Watch this video to learn more about the importance of stability – and the real culprit behind certain injuries.

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