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There is a challenging enigma in the fitness, sport, and health care world right now. There are so many voices in your ear – coaches, parents, primary care physicians, orthopedic physicians, surgeons, strength coaches, physical therapists, “celebrity” trainers, magazines, websites, friends, massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, etc. Who should you listen to? Whose treatment do you likely need regardless and has a relatively good understanding of everyone else’s role? Who is equipped with the skills, knowledge, and fortitude to refer you elsewhere when appropriate? Many of these professionals may be able to do so, but when it comes to fitness/exercise, sports, and the musculoskeletal system…
…the answer is a great Physical Therapist (PT). (Read more about Physical Therapy)
Contrary to popular belief, not all physical therapists, health care professionals, and fitness professionals are created equally, so make sure you do your research and pick the one that is right for you. Also, understand, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.
When it comes to pain with the musculoskeletal system and physical needs I will direct you and guide you to what you need! Movement by Logan will help avoid surgeries, injections, bracing, orthotics, etc; however, I will guide you to where you may benefit. When something is out of my scope of practice and expertise, you will be referred to the proper health care, fitness, or performance professional.
With each session, you will gain knowledge to better understand your body, which in turn will help you control pain and other symptoms. The sessions are personal and individualized to work on what you need and what you want, to work toward your goals.
Though Movement by Logan is based on the movement side of things, it really caters to what is necessary for you. If you require extensive manual soft tissue, then that will be the focus.
Injury Treatment and Prevention
Other than traumatic injuries (such as being tackled at the knee causing an ACL tear), the majority of pain and injuries are due to poor movement patterns and wearing down
over time. Eventually everything breaks down if there is one area that is not working efficiently and properly. Whether it’s loss of mobility, lack of muscle activation, using one muscle group vs another, a true muscle weakness, etc. it needs to be addressed, or it will eventually lead to pain or injury.
It is a misconception that injuries and pain usually start from one specific incident. In reality, it is typically a certain repetitive movement pattern that is reoccurring over time and the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, fascia, etc. finally give way causing pain and injury (including non-contact ACL tears)
By assessing and identifying problematic areas early on, this allows us to correct these issues, change a pattern, and prevent breakdown over time. Now, this is typically not a quick and easy process. It takes time and commitment by you to put in the work to learn the new patterns, that will eventually become ingrained in your system to where you no longer have to think about them I do not say this to scare you, but those who do not put in the time, are not committed and inconsistent, are the people who do not improve or sustain worse injuries down the road.
Performance and Fitness
If problematic movement patterns and other issues are found, they will be addressed. Addressing these issues is done with a combination of manual (hands on) work and movement. The majority of it will be addressed with movement, which is exercise. The more problematic areas will be addressed first and then you will be progressed appropriately towards higher levels of exercise.
A common misconception, is that a movement is not exercise if it is small, controlled, and does not exert a great deal of work. This is entirely false. The problem many people have, and why injuries occur in the non-athlete population, is that they progress too quickly. They are performing a 300 lb deadlift, but do not know what a neutral spine position is, how to engage their gluts, what their “core” is – let alone how to activate it properly. There is lack of attention to the trunk, shoulder, and head/neck position while performing a leg exercise, thinking there is no correlation.
Going right into an exercise home DVD or a bootcamp class or exercise dance class or high intensity workout that focuses on big explosive movements is not a good idea, but has become common place. People try to perform these high level movements without control of their body whatsoever, no clue how to perform the movements properly, and no clue that they are doing anything wrong. And guess what, no one is correcting them.
When you do these group classes and maximal effort workouts, the most important thing with exercise and movement goes right out the window – the QUALITY of the movements.
Quality of movement is what I and M. by Logan is all about. I am not saying that one should never participate in the aforementioned, and other, exercise/fitness examples. But there is a progression that one should take to get there, that includes a good education and understanding of the actual movements you are making your body perform.
So by addressing problematic movement patterns, focusing on quality of movement, your body movement is becoming more efficient, and therefore improving power, strength, mobility, body awareness, neuromuscular control, and overall performance.
The majority of the session is spent exercising, and will address the whole body. Every movement is purposeful and will be difficult, whether physically or mentally. The difficulty of exercise will be appropriately progressed with your goals and preferences always in mind.