"It's so valuable to have a sustainable relationship with your body. Movement is medicine. People don't need doctors, chiropractors, or physical therapists. What they need is to become more active and that's when the personal trainer is the conductor of the locomotive system." - Dr. Craig Liebenson on how we can recover with the power of functional movement
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The Power of Functional Movement with Dr. Craig Liebenson On this week's episode, chiropractor, Director of L.A. Sports & Spine, professor, and author, Dr. Craig Liebenson joined us to discuss how we can stabilize and strengthen our bodies.
But before Rob got into the interview with Dr. Liebenson, Devon and him wanted to talk about an awesome app that one of our OSF Facebook group members mentioned called Meetup.
Meetup App: Get Motivated to Stay Healthy
If you're struggling to stay fit and healthy, one great method to try is using the Meetup App. Look up people who are interested in doing similar activities as you such as hiking, biking, yoga, CrossFit etc so you can all workout together.
When you find a group of people who have similar interests as you, it can really boost your motivation.
Another great thing about the Meetup app is that it's not just for meeting up to do sports or physical activity. You can also use it to talk to people about topics in your field, about family, or education, etc. It's a great way to make connections and network with people in your area.
Benefits of Functional Movement Exercises By now you've probably noticed that a lot of exercises that are explained in health magazines or online videos only focus on isolated movements of one problem area. However, what we should be focusing on to help us avoid injuries and physical limitations are functional movement exercises.
Why are functional movement exercises so important for our health? It's important because all of the different parts of the body are connected. Therefore, you may have to focus on healing one part of the body to be rid of the pain in a totally different area.
Functional movement is about keeping our muscles strong as we go through life. It's about being able to bend, squat, and kneel without any pain as well as prevent falls, be spry, and move well when we're older
Investigate and Heal the Root of Your Pain
"Functional training is not a general thing. It's a very specific thing and is meaningful to the individual. There are different things that a tennis player needs to focus on compared to a runner." - Dr. Craig Liebenson
Just as our bodies are unique, so are our pains and injuries. To discover the root of your pain or ache, you have to look for hidden skeletons. The better you know your body, the more dependent you will be on yourself to find, treat, and heal any pain or soreness.
If you seek out a chiropractor, physical therapist, and/or personal trainer, they should all be working together and cheer you on during the entire process.
Don't be discouraged if you get to the point when you no longer believe that there is hope to healing your pain. We can turn our bodies around at any age. To begin feeling more active, just focus on simple movements and getting up during the day.
Recover with Functional Movement
"Everybody is an athlete in my mind. If you have a body, you're an athlete. I want everyone to develop a sustainable relationship with their body." - Dr. Craig Liebenson
To begin to heal his patients with functional movement, Dr. Craig Liebenson starts from the very