Functional Training Articles

  • Do you have a job that requires you to sit for long periods of time, hunched over a desk or computer?
  • Are you a tradie, bending over and lifting all day everyday as part of your job?
  • Are you a Doctor, Dentist or other health professional bending all day or placed in awkward positions to be able to serve your clients?
  • Are you a student, hunch over your books and laptop for hours on end, studying for your degree?
  • Are you a tattooist, sitting in a chair and bending over for hours creating your craft?

No matter how you spend your days or your occupation, many of us spend our days bending, climbing, carrying, twisting, turning and suffering in silence with back and neck pain.

Many of these factors have a profound affect of your lifestyle. Back and neck pain has become the number one reason for absenteeism from work and approximately 80% of Australians visit their GP each year to manage their pain.

What if we told you it doesn’t have to be that way? That freedom from pain is possible.

Do you live a sedentary lifestyle?
Does your job force you to stay in one spot all day, everyday?
Are you stuck in an office 8+ hours a day, tied to a desk and chair?
Is your mobility impaired due to injury or illness?
Do you want to be more active however can’t find the time to dedicate hours to activity?
Do you hate gyms?

Pelvic floor weakness affects men and women and may be the result of being overweight, associated straining with constipation, persistent heavy lifting, excessive coughing, high impact exercise, ageing as well as changes in hormone levels during menopause and childbirth in women.

Although the pelvic floor muscles are hidden from view, they play an important role in continence, organ support, core strength and stability. These muscles work with the abdominal and back muscles to stabilise and support the spine. The pelvic floor muscles can be consciously controlled and therefore trained much like any other muscle, such as your arm or leg muscles and like other muscles, need regular exercise to function optimally.

Do you want to improve your golf swing, performance and endurance to enhance your game?

Whether you’re an amateur or professional golfer, you are generally looking to improve your swing, grip and shot selection, amongst other technical components of the game.

For a long, strong and consistent golf swing, having an optimal range of motion through your shoulders, hips and spine is essential. In order to improve your game, you need to address these key areas through a focussed strength and conditioning program. Physical strength, flexibility and general condition play an important role in your overall game.

Back pain can be very disruptive to our lives. It is one of the leading causes of absenteeism from the workplace. Approximately 1 in 6 Australians will suffer back pain in a year. It may impact our ability to walk, sit, lay down, sleep, not to mention our ability to function optimally at work and at home.

Back Pain may be caused by insufficient strength in the spine due to impaired core strength, excess weight, poor posture, sitting for long periods of time, lack of physical activity, poor mobility, hereditary conditions or diseases, injury or inflammation due to a number of reasons including diet and stressors.

Neck pain can be very disruptive to our lives. Neck strains and sprains can be extremely uncomfortable and often accompanied with pain.

Neck discomfort may be caused by injury, poor posture, sleeping differently, stress, repetitive motions, holding your head in a position for long periods, a degenerative issue or even as a result of an infection. People seeking relief from neck pain is fast becoming more commonplace in today’s society. Poor posture is increasing due to modern day technology with the use of smartphones and tablets. We seem to be always looking down at our phones, which cause structural problems with our neck and spine, leading to pain and discomfort.

Neck strengthening exercises and stretching is an important part of neck health. Whether you are treating an injury or postural behaviour, our trainers at the Optimum Movement Centre will create a tailored program that will help treat your specific needs. The OMC incorporates MedX equipment along with functional exercises to build strength, increase power, mobility, flexibility, agility, endurance, reduce pain and prevent further injury.

Good posture is easy to maintain and is important to our overall health and well being. Maintaining a healthy core assists with correct posture and reduces common problems such as headaches, fatigue, back and neck pain.

How you look and feel may be directly related to your posture. When you are feeling strong and confident, you are undoubtedly standing tall, head up and feeling ready to take on the world. Alternatively, poor posture can also have the opposite effect. Many of us go about our lives living with a hunched back, rounded shoulders, imbalanced hips and living with pain because we think this is normal. Our poor posture may be caused by sitting in our office chair, cradling our phone to our ear, carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder, driving, standing for long periods, sleeping or carrying children. Perhaps you feel it may be hereditary or something you’ve always lived with and don’t know how to seek help.

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