Pain and the Kinetic Chain-How does it affect our lives?
Pain, it antagonizes, it frustrates, it gnaws at our nerves like a rabid dog………(add more)
Whether its past injuries, stress, or some other cause. We all experience it in our bodies at some point or another, throughout our life time. and it generally gets worse as we age.
But why is that?
Pain can be from a wide number of factors, so how do we determine what our major factor is?
It all starts with analyzing our bodies and the movements that we take each day. Do you walk slumped over? Do your knees hurt after a long day of being on your feet? Does your neck feel stiff from being slouched over? Does your back ache, to the point you can hardly move?
Whatever it may be it does affect your body and how you move.
So, what do we call this?
The Kinetic Chain!
The Kinetic chain is what travels through our entire body allowing the muscles to work together. This is what causes certain areas of our bodies to hurt, even though those areas are not the main cause of the pain.
Say that your knees hurt, the cause of the pain in your knees could be the lack of arch support in your shoes or your shoes not fitting correctly.
The idea of the kinetic chain is the notion that joints and segments have an effect on one another during movement. Once one is in motion, it creates a chain of events that affects the movement of neighboring joints and segments.
When working with a coach or a personal trainer our main goal is to build the body up to work at its utmost performance, while reducing the risk of injury and enhancing the sculpture of the body.
What is the Kinetic Chain?
The body consists of two sets of kinetic chains the upper and the lower. The upper consists of the fingers, wrists, forearms, elbows, upper arms, shoulders, shoulder blades, and spinal column. The lower kinetic chain includes the toes, feet, ankles, lower legs, knees, upper legs, hips, pelvis, and spine. In both chains, each joint is independently capable of a variety of movements. Dependent on whether the distal end of the chain is fixed or free to move without restriction, each movement is classified as either closed or open.
Even though we have two kinetic chains that still means that they are connected and will affect one another.
So now you are probably wondering, what the heck am I talking about…
Pain in our bodies can come from a variety of factors. Poor biomechanics is the most common form of all. When our body overcompensates for failing links, it results in increased energy expenditure, muscle fatigue, and pain. Whereas Healthy biomechanics enable us to move efficiently by properly supporting all the elements of the kinetic chain.
Not so much. What’s worse, any even temporally failing link can influence and alter the brains record on how to move optimally. This is what leads to poor habit formation, and the continuation of poor biomechanics.
So even though, your sprained ankle, broken wirst..etc has healed. Your body is still compensating to protect that area from being injured again.
This is why it is so important to continually practice good posture during work, at home and during your workouts. It will help to decrease the possibility of injury and help you feel better in your own body.
Many of us when we go to the gym we isolate one muscle with an exercise, which increases your strength in that one exercise but you missed the opportunity to transfer that training to work in a real world scenario.
it is extremely important to work all part of your body, that way you look as tough as your are. Someone who cuts and stacks wood for an hour, will get a much better workout then someone who does bench press for an hour. You still build the same muscles, but you are using multiple muscles rather then targeting just one.
Our bodies were not made to do the same repetitive activities day in and day out. So mix it up, play with your kids, run one day, swim another. Do activities with good form and mix it up!
I know it may not always be the easiest or the simplest thing to do. But it will decrease the amount of pain and discomfort in your body. I know there is so much more to say on this topic, but I believe making you aware of it, is the first step in the right direction!
So take the Leap, and get started towards your best life.
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