Do You Have A Daily Movement Practice?
Having a daily movement practice may seem like a hard task to take on, but we promise you that it is not. It will not consume near the amount of time you think it will either. This is because we have laid out the plan for you. All you have to do is fit the plan into your schedule.
We recommend doing this movement practice at the same time every day. This way it becomes second nature. The routine should take no more than 15-20 minutes at first. It is safe to say it will take no more than 5-10 minutes once you get used to the movements.
The toughest part is creating the habit of doing them every day. This is why we recommend doing it at the same time every day. Once you wake up, before you go to bed, before your workout, while you are drinking your morning coffee, whenever. Whatever works for you. Just so it’s #everydamnday.
And if you forget to do it one day, don’t worry! Realize that it’s not the end of the world. Pick up where you left off the next day.
This routine was taken from Dr. Andreo Spina, a chiropractor and the founder of Functional Anatomy Seminars. We did not fully understand the importance of having a daily movement routine until taking his Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) course.
Think about this: every joint in your body is supposed to move (and move well). If you are like most individuals, however, you are not moving every joint in your body. At least not through their full ranges of motion. And probably not every day.
So what happens to these joints that you are not moving? Your brain thinks you don’t need them. Your brain literally forgets how to utilize them. Your body starts to lay down fibrotic adhesive tissue, limiting your ranges of motion. Your active range of motion literally decreases over time.
This routine will remind your brain that your body has joints (articulations). It will prevent and help break up the fibrotic adhesive tissue that has been laid down. It will also teach you how to control your joints throughout their entire useable range of motion. Hence the name of each of the movements: controlled articular rotations (CARs).