Wellness Essentials: Movement

How Movement Patterns Shape the Body

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.

Causes of Movement Patterns

Most people fall into this movement pattern. These flexed forward patterns are a product of 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 with our head in front of our shoulders. When we work, we sit all day, hunched over computers looking down at our screen. We also look down texting and using our smartphones. After more sitting on our commute, we sit in front of our TVs in soft couches. Soft chairs, soft couches and soft car seats don't support our spine, but instead push us into a poor position.

Top 5 Ways to Shift your Movement Patterns to Move Well  

  1. Embrace the fundamental principles of progression, overload and variability
  2. Develop anchors that remind you to move throughout the day
  3. Define fitness goals that stretch your current engagement to new heights
  4. Elevate the importance of physical fitness on your value hierarchy 
  5.  Establish rhythms of primal movement patterns that mimic your ancestors. See an example here

How Oakland Chiropractors Help Movement Patterns

The chiropractors at The Shift strive to help our clients understand how the pain they are experiencing is a byproduct of their movement patterns. Once our clients understand this, they can begin to make better choices to move intelligently to decompress and mobilize their spine which their central core. This help the people we care for move in patterns that help them push through pain and toward wellness. We encourage people to embrace their body signals of pain, stiffness and tightness and realize they need to program movement patterns into their day to build a better body. By helping our clients discover the root of their muscular and skeletal imbalances and dysfunctions, then giving strategies to overcome these challenges is why our chiropractic adjustments are so effective. Learn about our movement packed care formula here

Below is an example of how you can improve your movement patterns while you are living and working in Oakland to develop proper movement patterns in your spine, body and mind over time.


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.

Physical Effects of Movement 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.

Movement Pattern Alignment

Look for an Oakland 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. Learn more about us here.

100% More Movement GUARANTEE

We get such amazing results with people all the time and are willing to back our care with a guarantee. If you complete a care plan with one of our Oakland Chiropractors, we guarantee you will be moving better and more self connected.

Oakland Chiropractic Movement for You

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. 

Find some of our other posts on movement patterns and wellness essentials below:

Keep moving and be well!

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