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Exercise for Function, Not for Weight Loss


Posted on September 29th, 2009 by Matt Schoeneberger

I’m a Corrective Exercise Specialist, and my graduate studies were focused in rehabilitative exercise.  I have professional relationships with great physical therapists, chiropractors, and myopractors. Enough about me.  What does this have to do with you?

I’ve seen what intelligent, focused exercise can do for people in pain, especially when it’s combined with help from a qualified and competent practitioner. Since we know exercise does not increase weight loss (if you don’t, you should read S.P.E.E.D. – The Only Weight Loss Book Worth Reading), we should focus our exercise on keeping us healthy and functioning on the highest level possible.

What we want to do is prevent injuries from occurring. If you’re in pain, it might be too late. So, get checked out even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms.

Recently, I had a consultation with a great chiropractor.* I knew I had some issues from my ACL tear last year and some other things that I couldn’t help with corrective exercise alone. I found out I had more issues than I thought, and now I can fix them before they become a serious problem.

This is where exercise comes in. Along with my adjustments, I’ll be doing specific stretching, strengthening, and integration work to make sure I get these issues resolved. I’ll be using self-massage, trigger-point, and self-myofascial release (SMR) techniques to help out too. You should be using these too!

The great part is that while you’ll be avoiding future injury, you’ll also be maintaining muscle and bone mass during caloric restriction. It’s the best of everything!

* If you’re in the Phoenix area, look-up Dr. Dominic Pisaro at Desert Springs Chiropractic for a consultation.

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