Exercise in our world is an intention to make a physiological change. We are trying to change the body in a certain direction. In other words, exercise is something that we do to intentionally change something about our bodies.
This differentiates exercise from activities of daily living
“Musculoskeletal ailments have now surpassed the common cold as the number one reason for physician visits in this country, due in part to our aging population as well as the “beat up” baby boomer generation.”
DeNubile, M.D., The Walking Wounded: A New Challenge in Personal Training, ACE Certified News August/September 2007, Page 17.
“The managed dose of exercise that will do the most for you – without harming you – needs to be measured out for you alone.”
DiNubile, MD, Nicholas A. Framework: Your 7-Step program for healthy muscles, bones, and joints, 2005, Page xix.
What sets Physicians Fitness apart from others in the health and exercise industry—personal trainers, physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors—is our thinking. Our philosophy and how we think about the body differs greatly from other disciplines in our field. In my opinion, there are two concepts that inform our view of the body and our decision-making process to help you achieve your goals of moving better and feeling better.
Exercise is an amazing tool for many reasons. A largely unconsidered power of exercise is in its use as a stimulus we can use strategically to add, change, and edit information in an individual’s nervous system. Being able to use this power of exercise is why I love my job as a Muscle System Specialist™. Kate and I went through several rounds of carefully applied, unique “lessons” for her body to pick up and use as new pieces of information in her nervous system’s arsenal, much like providing her with a few extra letters in the Wheel of Fortune. Once we identified the areas of her system that needed it, we supplied her with new information to interpret, process, and integrate into its problem-solving repertoire. [For the sake of sparing you hours of extra reading on this already lengthy article, I’ll leave this link here in case you’re interested in learning more about the methods we use as Muscle System Specialists™:
Are you familiar with the idiom “The straw that broke the camel’s back”?
This simple phrase captures the idea that a seemingly minor or routine action can cause an unpredictably large and rapid reaction, due to the cumulative effect of many previous small actions. Typically we blame the last straw right? But the real problem is the progressive accumulation of the small problems (straws) prior to the last straw being added to the camel’s back!