Just a quick reflection from me today.

Last week, I spent a lot of time with my dad who is in a skilled nursing facility, rehabilitating from a recent surgery.  He’s been working with occupational and physical therapists to regain strength, balance, and mobility so he can return home to live with my mom, his full-time caregiver.

Watching him, listening to the therapists, and interacting with the other residents of the facility, I was reminded about why I am suddenly so very passionate about body alignment.

Mobility is everything.  Range of motion matters.  A functional core matters.

We spend our youth striving for “fitness” – PRs on the race course, impressive bench or squat numbers, that elusive Crow pose – when what really and truly matters is our wellness.  And without the ability to ambulate independently, without the ability to move all of our joints through their full range of motion, and without functional core strength, eventually none of those other things will matter.

The folks in my classes will be the first to tell you that I harp on healthful sitting, standing and walking.  It dawned on me as I sat with my Dad that when you love someone who has lost those abilities, it’s easy to become quite passionate about them.

I’m going to keep harping on them, here and in my classes. And, I am going to devote more of my time and energy to learning about healthful movement patterns.

I hope you’ll stick with me for the journey.

3 Responses to “The Caregiver Series : Moving Well”

  1. on 08 Apr 2013 at 10:33 pmCarl Peterson

    OK, so it is time to sit up straight, it is amazing how lazy we(I) can get. And working from home (albeit part time) and find too many different places to work from. Will try and be more careful about when and how I position my self as I sit and read, it and work. realizing how easy it is to fall into poor posture habits. But I can say that all my problems go back to when I got knocked off a horse that we were taking care of (we were on the farm in Greeley in ’55); we were taking care of either Keith’s or Lee’s (I guess in actuality), Del’s hors; I was on Snooks (I think), sister was in front of me and we went under the barn; well Snooks and Cathy went under the barn I was knocked off the back of the horse; and never have ridden a horse since. But that’s another story. Thanks for harping, and I look forward to the journey.

  2. on 08 Apr 2013 at 10:52 pmKristine Rudolph

    I think a lot of my pelvic pain is related to getting knocked off a horse! So, I can relate.

  3. on 09 Apr 2013 at 8:38 amhot Nai Nai

    Do believe my hip pain is from horse accident too. I did nothing about it and continued trying to run five miles every day and that was just plain STUPID!!!

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