Motion is Lotion

I'm a big fan of movement. It's so important to get up and move not
just your physical health but your mental health as well. Erik Dalton,
Ph.d., executive director of the Freedom From Pain Institute, and
developer of Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques™ writes:

"MOTION is LOTION...The myoskeletal system is constantly in a state of
rebuilding. To allow itself to adapt to new conditions of working and
effort, it needs to work without interruption. When it does not work,
it will degenerate; the joints become stiff by capsule-ligamentous
retraction, which is equivalent to rust in automotive mechanics. As
muscles become weaker and "melt away", the locomotive system suffers,
since it is designed to locomote and keep us moving. Among available
treatments, one should always choose the one that does not interrupt
function."

What does that mean? We need to move to bring health to all the tissue
in our body to make sure they are working optimally, bringing down the
potential for injuries and pain later in life. Massage therapy can be
a great way to lubricate whole body especially your joints and
ligaments. Yoga, Qigong and Tai chi are wonderful movement exercises
especially with their focus on proper breathing patterns (I'll touch
more on how important proper breathing is in my next post).

Maybe try out a standing desk at home or at work. Even a simple walk can
help. Try to schedule walks in your day that aren't the same path
you're already doing; the body likes variety. Remember that slow
controlled movements are better and safer in the long run.

Just like you apply lotion to keep your skin soft, you need movement
to keep everything under that skin soft, supple and healthy too. So
what do you do in your daily life to ensure your moving your body?"

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