Red Deer Physiotherapist Writes:
We’ve all been told since a very young age to brush our teeth. Our dentist, parents, schools, doctors, television…you name it!
Maybe we don’t brush as well as we should but we all know that brushing our teeth is a task that has the benefits of keeping our mouths clean, healthy and looking good right? AND…it’s supposed to be done daily!
Well, what about the insides of our body?
How do we care for the connective tissue (fascia) that gives us our shape? What about our muscles, joints and ligaments that choreograph our movement patterns? Do we practice foam rolling, stretching, yoga, etc only when we hurt?
I believe self care for these structures should be done as regularly as brushing our teeth. We wouldn’t brush our teeth for just a couple of weeks and expect them to stay clean and healthy after all the chewing, drinking and tasting that happens every day after that, Yet, many of us do just that with the insides of our bodies… we pay a lot of attention to our bodies when there is pain or restriction until we feel better and then don’t continue to care for ourselves until the next episode of pain or dysfunction.
Self care for our movement and structure tissues creates changes in our movement structures and must be dealt with to maintain mobility, agility, flexibility and plasticity. In some of the upcoming blog posts we will cover a few aspects of caring for your body’s movement structures.
Even our astronauts brush their teeth while in outer space! (and they regularly exercise and perform self care of their movement structures on a daily basis too by the way! …maybe NASA is on to something? *wink wink)