I like to compare the maintenance of healthy soft tissue with dental hygiene. They both require daily care to maintain proper function and form. If you decide to stop brushing and flossing your teeth, deterioration is inevitable.
Now, imagine you continue neglecting your oral hygiene and you will soon find out from others that your breath is unbearable, cavities will begin to form and infection ensues. In spite of this, the notion of having all that abuse suddenly vanish just by making an appointment with a dental hygienist will not bring your teeth back to the vibrant white smile you may have once had.
The soft tissue which is composed of skin, superficial and deep fascia, ligaments, tendons, muscle, fat, nerves and blood vessels need the same care and daily attention as your oral structures.
The body thrives on movement and serves as a nourishing component just like brushing your teeth. Adding more dynamic movement to your daily routine doesn't always have to be devoting one hour to an exercise class but rather integrating movement to what you already do.
For example, while you're on the phone why not go through some body weight squats or purchasing a dynamic workstation that accommodates variety in positions like standing, kneeling and sitting.
Just remember that our bodies worst enemy is stillness and the idea of not moving for a long period of time will be detrimental to the quality of our soft tissue which will ultimately lead to sprains, strains and tears.
It seems to me that people want to move more and feel better but just feel trapped in the culture. Get creative and think about ways you can integrate movement to your busy day. Lastly, please don’t wait for an injury or pain to happen before you make an appointment with a movement professional. Be proactive and emphasize the importance of preventive care.
“The door hinge that gets opened and closed everyday never gets rusty.”
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