Monday, October 26, 2009

Rehab Age

In thousands of years from now, fitness archaeologists are going to scour through the findings of equipment and documents of different training methods and maybe come to some of these possible conclusions:

1. The "Get strong" Age.
2. The "Get weak" Age or, more accurately, the Aerobics Age.
and currently...
3. The Rehabilitation Age.

It seems that we are fully-fledged into the rehablitation age, in which all or the majority of physical fitness training is done by rehabilitation means... or circus tricks.

Is everybody now made of glass that we should not do anything that requires a little focus, effort, and "guts"?

Yes, maybe it's a sign of the times; people are more dysfunctional from lack of moving.

But if all of our focus is on finding dysfunction, is all that we find is dysfunction?

How many passes does the team in white throw?

Hopefully our focus isn't making us lose sight of other possibilities.



jleeger said...

Hey Aaron,

Another good one!

You are totally right!

With the "scientific approach" offered by rehab, are we really addressing the PROBLEM, or are we addressing SYMPTOMS?

In my personal training experience, I see folks (my clients, and others') who have the classic Janda "syndromes" (upper, middle, lower-crossed), or simply thoracic kyphosis, lumbar hyperlordosis, valgus feet/ankles, busted up hips, strained low backs, etc. etc. etc.

But when you take one of those folks, and put them on a "rehab" or "prehab" program, you're just addressing the symptom of the true problem.

All of those syndromes, all of those dysfunctions, are symptoms of the disease that is called - "LACK OF VIGOROUS, FREQUENT, AND DIVERSE MOVEMENT."

As Booth and Laye point out in their wonderful paper - lack of movement itself is dysfunction. Lack of movement leads to the expression of genes that don't express in healthy animals (i.e., those that "cause" diabetes, etc.).

It's not the GENES that cause's the lack of movement that allows for the expression of those genes!

You don't have to lift (though I love it), or do one type of exercise, or can do anything, as long as it is VIGOROUS, FREQUENT, AND DIVERSE!


obviously you struck a nerve...hahahaha!!!

Margo S said...

do you remember that I AM a therapist and that I DO check your blog? however, i do have to say that you DO make me a better therapist. :)

Aaron Schwenzfeier said...

Well stated Josh.

That's why I wonder... Is corrective exercise, corrective?

As you have said, it's usally not the addition of stuff (corrective exercise), it's subtraction of the causes.

Aaron Schwenzfeier said...

Thanks honey.