Moving Better For Overall Health

How Poor Movement Patterns Hurt Our Well Being

Modern living puts a lot of stress and strain on the body that over time can lead to pain and injury. Here are some of the common patterns that the downtown Oakland Chiropractors at The Shift frequently see.

Most people fall into a movement pattern. These patterns are a product of how we work and how we live our lives. Broadly speaking, many of us live sedentary lives, meaning we don’t spend much time on our feet or moving around. We sit in cars to get to work. When we arrive at work, we sit all day, hunched over computers and craning our necks to read our smartphones. After another seated commute home, we sit in front of our TVs, or spend more time sitting using our devices.

The chiropractors at The Shift strive to help our clients understand how the pain they are experiencing is a product of these lifestyle choices. Once our clients understand this, they can begin to make better choices to move beyond pain and toward wellness. We accomplish this by helping our clients discover the root of their muscular and skeletal imbalances and dysfunctions, then give them strategies to overcome these challenges.

This empowered approach allows our clients to take action to achieve the results they are seeking. Results can be moving beyond pain, decreasing susceptibility to injury, and learning strategies for dealing with unexpected flare-ups.

We see several common patterns of muscle imbalance, nerve tension, and vertebral subluxation at The Shift, which we describe in greater detail below. These descriptions are not diagnosis or prescriptions, but a way for you to understand what we see and how we address it. Use this information to catalyze your own healing process, starting a journey toward better function and longevity.

Common Physical Patterns

  • Muscle Imbalances: Generally speaking, we see tight or weak muscles in the following places: psoas (hip flexor) on one side, piriformis on one side, quadratus lumborum (QL) on one side, deep neck flexors, suboccipitals, levator scapulae, serratus posterior inferior.
  • Spinal Subluxation: Our clients typically have misalignment or movement deficits in the following places: cervical (neck) spine in the upper and lower portions, thoracic (rib cage) on one side, thoracic (upper back) compression, lumbar (lower back) compression, and rotation of the pelvis.
  • Alignment Issues: Often the product of overuse of technology and devices, we commonly see structural changes to the body, such as eye strain, clenched jaws, internal rotation of the shoulders, and external rotation of the hips and pronation of the feet.

Moving Toward Wellness

Look for a chiropractor who will identify the causes of these imbalances and address them in an honorable, safe, gentle, specific, and precise way. Also, be sure they are teaching you about how lifestyle choices you make affect imbalances and what you can do to move beyond them. Your chiropractor should teach you how to learn and grow instead of putting you in a state of fear.

If you are unsure of how susceptible your body is to further injury or don’t know what to do about pain, discomfort, tightness, or stiffness, please feel free to reach out or schedule an appointment with the downtown Oakland chiropractors at The Shift.

Keep moving and be well!