WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL TRAINING?

Simply put, Functional Training is an exercise that involves training the body for the activities performed in everyday life. The neuromuscular system is trained using correct form and sequencing patterns allowing for decreased faulty and unsafe movement patterns and increased overall strength!

HOW CAN FUNCTIONAL TRAINING HELP ME?

The usefulness of functional training can be seen in our patients whose jobs require them to sit for most of their day. Sitting for long periods of time allows the muscles to adapt to the length-tension of a seated posture. When we stand up and move we feel our posture is normal, but in reality, we have, over time, developed an imbalance in the muscles affecting the position of our joints, the mobility of our nervous system, and even the function of our internal organs.

Functional training is an effective way of addressing this imbalance by incorporating movement patterns that require muscles to lengthen and shorten through their full range of motion in multi-planes of movement.

BENEFITS OF FUNCTIONAL TRAINING

  • Trains The Body For The Activities of Everyday Life Such as Bending, Lifting, Squatting, and Reaching
  • Retrains The Neuromuscular System by Repetitiously Using Corrected Form And Sequencing Patterns
  • Decreases Compressive And Sheer Forces at The Joints by Improving Joint Mechanics
  • Decreases Faulty And Unsafe Movement Patterns
  • Increases Efficiency And Overall Strength
  • Improves The Mobility of The Nervous System
  • Decreases Fascial Restrictions

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM A FUNCTIONAL TRAINING SESSION?

Following an initial assessment, a typical Functional Training session involves a series of exercises that mimic everyday movements we do at work or in sports. In the initial stages of the program, patients may use only the resistance of their own bodyweight to facilitate body control, while gradually building strength and stability. When appropriate, your physical therapist may progressively introduce additional resistance such as kettlebells, medicine balls, fitness cables, bodyboards, etc. The exercises will focus on full-body movements that engage multiple muscle groups. Similar to resistance, additional complexity in movement will be introduced progressively. Patients can also expect many exercises that focus on the core to develop abdominal strength, support the spine, and provide power to the rest of the body.

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