functional movement and fitness at healthquest physical therapy

Fitness & Functional Movement

Functional training helps provide you with the strength, stability, and mobility you need to thrive in your life and sports. Physical therapists are experts in human movement and trained in pain management, movement and exercise, and overall wellness. You use basic functional movement patterns every day like pushing, pulling, hinging, squatting, rotating, carrying, and gait patterns (walking and running). Functional training utilizes exercises that improve your movement proficiency in these primary patterns to give you an edge so you can achieve your goals safely and with good health.  In your treatment program, we identify impairments in your physical and comprehensive wellness, then help you move well, feel well and live better. Whether you’re a fitness junkie or just want to be able to go up the stairs, we can help!

Fitness Options

We offer varying levels of fitness options at all locations! Between classes devoted to seniors (SilverSneakers) or Group/Personal Training, each location boasts options! Check with the location closest to you for availability.

What is Functional Movement?

Functional movements are actions that take place in multi-planes of motion with the use of multiple joints. These movements require the firing of multiple muscle groups in various positions, ranges of motion, and varying intensity to achieve a common goal. We do things and don’t think about how we do them, like lift a laundry basket. Then there are situations that we think about every step to accomplish the best result, like hit a baseball. For instance, in order to swing a golf club, you have to tighten your right hip, rotate your shoulders over your hips, raise your arms across your body while maintaining your head still, allowing rotation through the spine along one axis. Pause, and reverse that entire process in a near mirror image back to the same point at which you started. Do you think about every step? Probably not. Another example of functional movement is a simple, everyday activity like bending down and picking up something. You’d reach and then lift by rotating through your core to put it down.

Functional training or functional coaching is something we do after an injury or in preparation for an activity that could potentially put you at risk of injury if not done “functionally”. We help to break them down into more basic components, in order to achieve your “functional goal” and move without injury.

Why is Functional Movement Training Important?

Functional training develops a healthy and well-developed body. It promotes kinesthetic awareness and body control, balanced musculature, and a stronger core. Most importantly, lessens the chance of injury and pain! Research has shown incredible gains for patients in strength, balance, and overall decreased joint pain with functional training.

Who Can Benefit From Functional Movement Training?

Anyone can benefit from functional movement training! From the simple task of standing up from a chair or getting in and out of a vehicle, to training for your next tennis match, functional training attempts to adapt or develop exercises that allow individuals to perform the activities of daily life more easily and without injuries.

Steps to reaching your goals:

First we Find Your “Weak Links”

We evaluate how you move to identify “weak links” throughout your body that are increasing your risk for injury or decreasing your performance during functional or activities.

THEN we Train Your “Weak Links”

Knowledge is power! Knowing how you move is what allows our therapists to design a program that will target your specific “weak links”. We may incorporate this without you even knowing by building strength but also, to create new & more efficient movement patterns in the brain. Training the brain to control proper movement is the KEY to your success in everything you do! This is what makes us different. It’s not just CAN you move, but HOW you move that matters!


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