Simply put, Functional Training is 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!
An example of 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 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 effecting 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, 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