As a corrective exercise specialist, I am trained to visually access how people move. Whenever I am at the mall, restaurant, or walking the street, I notice how people move. I notice more and more people of all ages exhibiting trouble moving properly. This includes walking, how they seat themselves, and their mechanics while eating, drinking, or doing other ordinary daily activities. Observing how a person moves give me lots of information on how their bodies are working, or not working properly. Over time, improper movement leads to muscle and skeletal imbalances. This can then lead to many problems such as pain and structural changes.
Our body is an amazing adaptive system that is always trying to correct itself, making it easier for us to move. Consequently, when we have a muscle imbalance, our brain tries to help us move easier. This new pattern is called imbalance. If we don’t correct the imbalance, it can lead to improper movement and eventually pain. When our bodies don’t work properly, such as having a injured muscle, another muscle will take over. Again, this leads to improper movement and eventually pain.