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The Quality of Your Movement Matters (Part 1)


If you spend even a little bit of time people-watching, you’re sure to notice some of them don’t move so well.

You might think that something in their body hurts, and that’s leading to the poor movement, and you’d be right. But did you know, poor movement is very likely leading to the something hurting in the first place? It’s a downward spiral of poor movement leading to pain which leads to worse movement and on.

With a trained eye, you’re likely to notice most people have a movement problem or ten. Here’s the thing, poor movement doesn’t lead to pain right away. Nope, your body handles things and compensates remarkably well, but over time and repetition? Ouch! Muscles get sore, backs get stiff, nerves get impinged, and joints start to degrade. It’s not immediately apparent why you’re hurting though, so you try stretching and exercise, which helps a bit, but when it gets bad enough, you go for a consultation with your doctor.

What happens with the doctor? Oh, you get a scan or two and obviously the pain is coming from a nerve or a disc or a whatever… Yeah, but why is the nerve impinged, the disc slipping, or the joint degrading? Could it be that poor movement and use of your body is a (huge) factor?

It’s a bit like blaming the door frame for being twisted when it’s the building’s foundation that’s settled unevenly.

So what to do about it? Obviously, it’s got to be, improve the quality of your movement, and then improve it some more.

But what about all those pains that hurt and keep you from moving in the first place? Yeah, the problem of good or bad movement goes deeper than ‘you should stand up straight.’ Once your tissues are weak, glued, and stiff from injury, surgery, or long term bad habits, good movement becomes a lot harder. Let’s take a look...

You’d probably be surprised at all the variety of ways quality of movement is degraded. The basic causes are:

  • Too little strength
  • Habit
  • A misalignment of your pelvis, spine, or other joints
  • And stiff or adhered tissues (we call them myofascial restrictions)

These basic causes come together in ways unique to each of us and lead to pains and symptoms that doctors have trouble diagnosing, because they often don’t follow typical patterns.

What this means for you, though, is that even the simplest movement can become impossible and painful, and the doctors don’t really know why. (Though they’re very good at pointing to a spot that is breaking down or in trouble, they’re terrible at realizing why that spot is in trouble.)

It also means that exercise and stretching tight muscles aren’t enough to fix the problem, because you’re still not addressing the stiff and adhered (glued) tissues that are preventing good movement in the first place - you’ll just continue to hurt.

But what that also means, is that if you get the right kind of help, and can get tissues, muscles, and joints moving better and less stiffly, you can feel better.

Pains will go away and you’ll find yourself moving better and feeling good again. With more strength and resilience.

When you address the right problem, you start spiraling up.

Vanetta Servoss

Vanetta Servoss

Specialist Myofascial Release Therapist Vanetta loves her work as a myofascial release therapist! She was introduced to myofascial release as a client struggling with debilitating headaches, dizziness, pain, and muscle tension. Traditional medicine did little to provide relief, and it wasn't until she began seeing a mfr therapist that she started seeing change. She knows first hand how it feels to be trapped in pain with little hope for recovery. Or to be given a diagnostic label like fibromyalgia with little recourse other than dependence on prescription medications. She no longer believes those are the only options available to those struggling with pain or loss of mobility, and credits mfr with helping her get her life back. She considers it a privilege to assist others in their journey. Vanetta's formal education includes an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and a Master's degree in Health Promotion from Mississippi State University. She is also a licensed massage therapist and has trained extensively in the John Barnes' Myofascial Release approach. Vanetta loves to travel and explore other places. She now enjoys that active lifestyle she once thought was no longer possible, and can frequently be found outside enjoying the sunshine and hiking the trails of Utah, Idaho, and Arizona.
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