How do you screen yourself for potential injuries and movement limitations? The answer is simple. Move!
It's remarkable to watch children move. There is no movement that seems out of their comfort zone. Right? They fall, they roll, they spin, they stretch like a rubber band, they bounce - they're resilient. Why? Because they/we were born with the capacity to move with full range of movement and they use this range... regularly... in all sorts of crazy, unplanned, unorganized, and playful ways.
If you don't use it you lose it. When cells turn over, they remember their past life's elasticity and prepare the next cell for the same behaviours. So, you can literally make some movements extinct within your body if you stop using them. Believe me, to gain range back is a lot of work. It really is easiest to just aim to not lose it. If you have though, don't worry, there are ways to move back into the land of Gumbi.
Now, here are a few ways to start screening yourself:
- Consciously move through ranges of motion you normally don't. In this practice, you must bring great awareness, especially if you are very limited in movement. This will help you assess and restore motion safely.
- Try moving individual parts of your body on their own to see how they work independently of other parts. For example, just move your shoulder joint (ball in socket) without moving your shoulder blade. Here's another, try moving your neck without moving your shoulder blade or your hip without your back. This tells you how much movement you have at a single joint.
- Try comparing movement on your left side and your right side.
I will get to retraining our vestibular (inner ear system of balance) and proprioceptive (spatial orientation) system another day. Today, just see how well your joints move.
Play! It's always a great way to test things out too:)