Fluidity and ease of movement is a result of using your muscles in an efficient and appropriate way. When you don’t move correctly, this pulls you out of alignment causing injury. The body wants to stay upright, be symmetrical, and be in harmony. Therefore, it will do whatever it needs to do to maintain homeostasis. This is why the core, using your muscles appropriately, and alignment are so important.
Let’s say you can do an exercise to one side but not as well to the other, you have created a muscle imbalance. The body will then go to the side of least resistance, meaning you will continue to strengthen the strong side, which will continue to weaken the opposite side of the body. If turning to the left is much harder than the right, you are probably not efficiently recruiting the correct muscles and the movement becomes stilted because you are asking other muscles to do what they are not meant to do. As this continues, you are setting yourself up for injury. Repeat this over and again, you create weaknesses until the body says “enough”.
How do you figure out where the weakness lies? If you are aware of your body and how it feels as you move in space, you may be able to figure out what is not working well. Even if you are aware of your body, it can be difficult to know if you are holding yourself appropriately because you move the same way each time and that becomes natural to you even though it may be inaccurate. This is where having trained eyes is beneficial. We can pick up the detrimental movements and then get you to change your patterns by asking you to move in ways that your body will remember without you overcorrecting. The new movement patterns will then become natural to you, preventing further injury or recurrence of injury.
Getting back to ”how do you undo some of your habits that are creating your issues”? Seeing an expert movement specialist. This is what our Physical Therapists are trained in. You need a separate pair of eyes to see where the root cause of the injury is coming from and how your movements are being affected by the injury or causing the injury. This is what movement reeducation is all about and what we specialize in at Wellness Rehabilitation Inc. We see people with:
- back pain
- neck pain
- knee pain
- hip pain
- ankle/foot pain
- shoulder pain
- from dancing injuries, repetitive injuries as a musician, and from daily living.
What do you do now? Give us a call at 301-493-9257 to speak with a Physical Therapist or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can schedule a time to have your questions answered in a FREE 20 minute phone conversation to help you make a better health decision.
A full commitment is made to each patient and much thought is put into reaching your goals based on a thorough evaluation of your posture, strength, flexibility, movement, gait, and function.
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"Cynthia Weiss has been my physical therapist since 1993. I have a chronic, intermittent pain syndrome in my feet and since then have been diagnosed with osteopenia and scoliosis. Cynthia has helped me through my flare-ups to stay mobile and work through the pain to keep my body functional. She gives me hands-on manipulation of my joints and soft tissue. She uses release techniques to treat my symptoms. We also use therapeutic Pilates on mat and equipment. For all the years I have known Cynthia, she has been a skilled professional. She takes continuing education courses and gets certified in new techniques. She is always looking for ways to enhance her knowledge of the latest techniques in her profession. Cynthia's greatest asset is her compassion and empathy in addition to her level of professionalism. She is flexible with scheduling and always has the ability to change a program or technique to suit a patient's symptoms. I have no reluctance when I recommend her to anyone I know who needs treatment. I can only give her my highest praise! "
"Cynthia Weiss is the physical therapist at Wellness Rehabilitation, and she is highly professional and a true expert with a vast knowledge in bio-mechanics and other specialties as listed on her website. I am a research physician, so I have pretty high standards when it comes to considering which provider should be helping to heal my injuries. I have seen Cynthia at various times over the past 20 years. People go to see a PT for a specific reason, like a sports injury, yet we know that in most cases the injury is merely a late-stage symptom of a more generalized imbalance in the body. If you are seeking a practitioner that deeply analyzes and treats these underlying imbalances that serve as the root cause of the current injury and your future predisposition to injury, then Cynthia is the practitioner that you should consider as she takes a holistic approach in the care she provides, in particular: a strong focus and success with therapeutic interventions; diagnosis of muscle imbalances; and prescription of individualized exercises to promote healing and prevent future injury. I recommend Wellness Rehabilitation, Inc without reservation, as Cynthia will be truly committed to the improvement of your condition."