Jul 29 2015

The Global/Local Dynamic of Functional Movement

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Functional Movements are defined as movements based on real world situational biomechanics. These involve movements in multiple planes and using multiple joints including the actions of sitting and standing, bending and lifting, pushing and pulling, twisting and climbing: all of the actions that our body performs everyday to accomplish the tasks of daily life.

Pilates ‎incorporates a combination of exercises that recruit local (deep) stabilizing muscles, while also integrating the global (superficial) mover muscles. When both systems are working well together, Functional Movement becomes fluid and effortless, making the activities of life easier for all ages, as well as improving overall performance in active pursuits.  

Understanding the biomechanical synergy of these local and global systems that naturally occurs when we have effective stability and movement is imperative in ‎teaching a body to move freely with control and precision.

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Written by Holly Wallis, Director, Certified Movement & Rehabilitation Specialist
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ReActive Practitioners have extensive training and experience working with many structural and functional conditions, including...

  • Posture/Gait Imbalances
  • Hip Instability/Mobility Issues including pre-/post-operative care for hip scope and replacement
  • Shoulder Instability/Mobility Issues including frozen shoulder, rotator cuff imbalances/injuries, pre-/post-operative care for shoulder replacement
  • Spine Issues (Spinal Stenosis, pre- & post-operative care for discectomy, laminectomy, spinal fusion, DDD, ankylosing spondylitis, spondylolisthesis, disc bulges/herniations – Post-rehab)
  • Knee Instability/Mobility Issues including Patellar Femoral Syndrome, pre-/post-operative care for knee scope and replacement
  • Scoliosis – Functional & Structural
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteopenia/Osteoporosis
  • Pre- & Post-natal including diastasis recti, C-Section, SIJ pain/pelvic instability and dysfunction
  • Low, Mid- & Upper back pain (incl Core Stabilization/Muscle Recruitment issues)
  • Muscular Recruitment/Patterning Issues including habitual compensations, faulty recruitment/patterns
  • Chronic conditions – Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, chronic pain syndromes, MS, etc
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Standing & Walking stability issues including balance issues, leg discrepancy, neurological disorders (ie stroke)
  • Functional Movement Issues (ie difficulty performing movements of everyday life ie sit-stand, bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, managing stairs, etc)
  • Sport-Specific Training (golf, tennis, cycling, climbing, swimming, running, education for safer and more effective gym training, etc)
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