Limitations are sometimes set by the body because the body thought it reached its limits. The limits specifically limited motion and difficulty in lifting things. You see the body learns things by repeating the action over and over again refining it to come up with a basic movement then it modifies the movement depending on the demands of the task. This is the reason why learning new activities is hard and you would be limited to a few certain movements and would only be able to make adjustments in the motion once you learn the basic movements. The problem appears when the basic movements is flawed. The basic movement can be flawed in a few ways. The Flawed movements will appear in the motion by the body using the wrong muscles for the movement or the muscle might have considered that the whole chain of muscles are a whole muscle. The body using the wrong muscles to be able to create movement causes other parts to compensate for the problematic muscles for the movement. A standard example of this is trying to lift something while the shoulders are somewhat forward. Doing this motion limits the motion of the shoulder specifically lifting the arms over the head as such other things compensate for this motion. Things like bending the back more so as to be able to reach things and other things combine and make the problem exponentially bigger.
When should you consider these things? Have you ever encountered being able to move the joint through the full motion but when the client does the movement the motion is limited. Then you should just try to find why the motion is limited by finding which muscle is being substituted for the movement. As I have said earlier since they are basically going to relearn the base of the movement they won’t get these things within the first session they would usually take about 2 to 3 weeks for the body to integrate the movement that was taught. As a rule of thumb only work with one set of movements at a time since introducing a bunch of exercises will make the client forget the exercises and would just give up. The common thing to remember is that there are three steps to learning new movement. The steps are as follows think about the movement, learn the movement and modify the movement. These things sound theoretically easy but once these things are placed into practice then it all becomes a whole new ball game. This thing is pretty much noticed by all the people I have worked with. The thing is once they are able to regain the movement they are more than pleased and most of the time recover movements that they think they have lost in the aging process. These things actually make things personal and worthwhile doesn’t it. Also it is important to note that when teaching the movement it is okay for the muscles to feel soreness but pain should not be present in the exercise. If pain is present it is best to rethink the whole thing and consider that it might just not be the problem or the joint might not be centered.
What do I mean when the body considers the muscles as one? If you are a medical practitioner have you ever considered what the two point discrimination is for? You see when I was still learning things I only considered that taking the two point is only for whether the nerves and sensation for those body parts being checked as still present. After going through a few training seminars I was told that the two point discrimination acts like a sort of mat so as to make you know which muscles are considered by the brain to act as one and that is why the two point discrimination for the hands is small compared to the back because of the muscle sizes. As such checking to see which muscles are separate and which muscles are considered as one would be beneficial for the creation of an exercise program.
Some points to consider when trying to teach the movement is to make sure that the client is doing the movements correctly. In the initial stages of teaching the movements it is best to have them feel the differences between the incorrect and correct movement. As such take your time in the first few initiations of the movements. Do not be too strict the movements are learned after a few tries. They might get it incorrect from time to time as such give them a certain correct repetitions so as to give them a goal. Also since they will be doing this on their own getting to know when the movement is wrong on their own is a big plus.
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