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Movement Assessment is Key to Good Health

October 9, 2022

If we don't move, our bodies will make us better at not moving! A movement assessment is a key to good health.

When it comes to assessments in healthcare, there is a saying: “If you’re not assessing, then you’re guessing.” Each year we get tested for problems with the heart, eyes, skin, teeth, digestive, vision, etc., doctors never include an assessment of the most important system, the “movement system”.  The #2 reason why someone visits their doctor each year is because it hurts when they move.  This pain makes us move even less, which leads to a whole host of ailments like obesity, diabetes, heart problems, and on and on. It’s important to test the body's movement system as well.

It’s important to test the body's movement system

It seems to me that if we want to prevent movement-related pain, it would be a good idea to test that system each year to find the areas that need improvement.  Well, that’s exactly what we are offering this month at Superior Physical Therapy. For a one day only event we are offering free movement assessments October 28th.


At Superior we use a state-of-the-art assessment called 3DMAPS (3D Movement Analysis & Performance System).  This allows us to test your entire neuromusculoskeletal system (Movement System).  It’s important to assess the entire body because most of the time when we are experiencing pain in one area, its due to improper movement in the areas above and below the painful spot.  If we only assess the painful spot, we will miss finding the root dysfunction.


During a movement assessment it’s important to test how well the body is moving.  First, how well is the body able to move in three planes of motion? That would be: forward and backwards, side to side, and left and right rotation.  Secondly, it’s important to assess is how symmetrically the body moves. Typically, when our body develops asymmetrical motion, problems occur. Finally, we all need assessment of our overall mobility, as well as stability or balance.


We need to ask, why is a movement assessment, a key to good health, not included in an annual physical? Let’s get smarter than the healthcare system! Get a movement system assessment, so we can fix any movement-related pain now, and avoid major health problems down the road.


Attend our Free Exam Day, Oct 28th, at Superior Physical Therapy. There are only 20 spots available. Call 231.944.6541 now to reserve a spot.


Watch Our Free Exam Day Video: https://youtu.be/1WwU8BwOFMU



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