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The Importance of Cross-Training

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Cross-training is a term that most people have heard of, but not everyone understands what it means or why it’s important. When someone (young, old, athlete or non-athlete) engages in multiple sports, types of exercise, or workout plans it is referred to as cross-training. Some may think they don’t need to cross-train because they are not athletes. However, research suggests there are many benefits to cross-training, from reduced boredom in workouts to increased sport performance and much more. Check out three main reasons why you should cross-train!

One of the greatest benefits to cross-training is improved body function. As you incorporate a combination of cardiovascular, resistance, stretch and stability-based exercises into your routine your body is stimulated in a variety of ways that often more closely mimic activities of daily life. Because of this variety of stimuli, your body is much more prepared for whatever life may throw at it. For instance, weight-training may allow you to pick up and move heavier objects at work or home, stretching more will give you the flexibility to reach something out of the top cupboard or bend down to pick up something off of the ground, and cardiovascular training may help you keep up with the kids for longer or enjoy vacations that require more physical activity!

Another benefit to cross-training is reduced risk of injury. Again, as you vary exercise your body is forced to adapt under multiple situations and in many different environments. This more well-rounded training teaches your body how to respond in each unique circumstance appropriately by utilizing components of strength, stability and flexibility to keep you safe both at home and during exercise or sports!

Lastly, cross-training allows for variety in your exercise routine. It helps ward off boredom by keeping you mentally and physically involved in workouts for much longer. Arguably, this may lead to more intense/longer workouts and better adherence to a long-term program—ultimately leading to a healthier you!

Cross-training has many benefits including, but not limited to, increased body function, reduced risk of injury, and improved adherence to long-term workouts. What’s holding you back from incorporating variety in your workouts? Have questions? We can help!

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Treating the Source, Not the Symptoms of Pain

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Treating the Source, Not the Symptoms of Pain

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Often, the pain in your knee has nothing to do with your knee, and everything to do with your ankle or hip. Understanding the cause of an issue, not just the symptoms, offers more long-term solutions to your pain. i’move physical therapy treats joint pain at its roots, building you a healthier body that will last for many years to come.

Don’t Mask the Issue
You may be familiar with the term “putting a bandaid” over the problem. This would be like only treating a sore ankle, instead of the whole leg. To mask a problem will only cause it to flair up later, and be harder to treat down the road. The earlier you go to treat an issue, the less of a hassle it will be. There’s no shame in talking to your doctor about the joint or back pain in your life during a routine checkup. They’ll know when it’s time to refer you to a physical therapist.

Locate the Source
Remember, just because you feel pain in your lower back doesn’t mean the problem starts there. In order to locate the true issue, you need to consult with a physical therapist. Your body is unique, and you can only receive a proper diagnosis with analysis from a licensed professional. Knowing the source of your pain is the first and most important step in treatment.

Treatment
Treatment for the source of your pain may involve re-learning basic movements such as how to throw, walk, run, or even sit. It can be difficult to build new habits after years of moving a particular way. That’s why a physical therapist develops exercises specific to you. Proper guidance helps reshape your form and create the right patterns for a pain-free life.

Get to the source of your pain and squash it. i’move can help you recover sooner by treating the root of the problem. Schedule an appointment with us or read about the benefits of physical therapy at i’move.

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Are Bad Biomechanics Causing You Pain?

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Are Bad Biomechanics Causing You Pain?

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Throughout your physical therapy, your physical therapist will be discussing biomechanics with you.

Biomechanics is the official term for how the body moves. The way you move, and all the muscles and joints involved with each movement, play a part in your personal biomechanics. The problem is, sometimes bad habits can throw your biomechanics off balance and cause issues or injuries down the line. When your physical therapist brings up this topic, learn how you can play an active part in the discussion, and what you can do to help yourself break bad habits and form good ones.

How Do Biomechanics Cause Pain?
Years of repetitive movement and poor posture lead to bad biomechanics, which can trigger joint or muscle pain over time. A single misalignment can cause a chain reaction of issues that may result in a nagging shoulder injury. Fixing your shoulder means uncovering and treating the entire chain reaction. Recognizing any issues with your biomechanics and working to correct them creates a more stable road to recovery.

Evaluating Your Biomechanics
Every part of you, from the crown of your head to your toes, plays a part in your posture. To look at the pain in your wrist, you’ll need to examine the whole arm. For larger issues, like your gait, the whole body must be examined. When thinking of biomechanics, think of the big picture.

Correcting Your Biomechanics
The only true way to evaluate your biomechanics is to receive an evaluation from a licensed physical therapist. When doing this, the physical therapist needs to look at your entire body, not just the area that’s in pain. This means that for issues in the ankle, you’ll need evaluation from head to toe, and not just from the waist down. Even the way you tilt your head while running could cause an issue in your leg. To get true solutions to your pain, you’ll need true experts on your side. 

i’move can help you build healthy biomechanics for a better body from head to toe. To learn more about biomechanics, schedule an appointment to talk to one of our experts today.