The Six Pillars Are Your Foundation

Your body has the potential to handle lots of varied use, movement, and loading – and handle it well.

So why is it so common for aches & pains to be considered ‘just a part of life’?

Movements like ‘bending over to spit after brushing your teeth’ can throw your back out, and ‘sitting at a desk’ – a non-movement! – for a period of hours wrenches your neck. These movements are the movements you do most days of the week. They often fall into the same small well-worn path of similar movements done repeatedly. And yet, even within that small, well-worn path of movement, you still can get hurt.

What’s that all about? Why can’t your body sustain the basics?

It sucks, because when the basic stuff makes you sore and injured, you never get to the fun, exciting, movement stuff yet! Outside that well-worn path of activities of daily living (ADL’s) are all of the other ways your body can move, but probably doesn’t on a regular basis.

If ADLs are your well-worn path, surrounding those movements is an entire field of adventure, play, and exciting movement practices. That field contains heaps of movement that it would be great to jump into from time to time: when you help a friend move…when you jump in to a soccer game with your kids and their friends…when you go on a hike or a long bike ride.

Think of how your body holds up currently if you veer off the well-worn path into those physical endeavors. How does your body hold up? Unfortunately for most people, the answer is “not too well.”

Ceasing To Be Sore All Day: The 6 Pillar Framework

To be able to move through space and time and not be broken in doing so – what a marvelous way to live!

And while being sore is common, it definitely is not normal.

This is why the 6 Pillar Framework works:

  • It plugs the holes in strength, stability, and mobility that commonly crop up and cause weakness and injury.
  • It helps you improve your movement-quality; and if you move well, you’re less likely to overuse and misuse joints and soft tissue, which is a prime reason why aches and  injuries pop up in the first place.
  • It grants you the foundation on which all other movement and activity can be set so that you are more durable and injury resistant.

How does this look in the real world?

Strong Feet is one of the 6 Pillars, as most people’s feet don’t function how they were designed to.

This causes all kinds of issues, not just for the feet and ankles, but runs upstream to the glutes and hips as well. It negatively impacts them by killing some of the power the glutes should generate, and impacts how stable the hips are going to be.

Many people’s shoulders don’t sit where they’re meant to sit, or move how they’re meant to move. (Scapular Stability is another one of the 6 Pillars.) And this contributes to neck pain, upper back pain, rotator cuff injuries, and more. And when the shoulder blades don’t sit or move right, it can negatively impact how you breathe as well as how strong your torso is – and remember, the torso is a major power generator for every single move you make.

ADL’s And The 6 Pillars

Getting the 6 Pillars strong enough, mobile enough, and stable enough (not too little or too much of any of them) is the foundation you’ll lean on when you’re going through your ADL’s, and when you step outside that lane and into the rest of the movements that life is going to throw at you.

When you develop the 6 Pillars, you have:

  • Mobility to move your joints (and thus, your body) through a variety of shapes and positions.
  • Stability to support every ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ position you’re going to find yourself in.
  • Strength to move with high-quality movement patterns, everything flowing and connecting.

The 6 Pillars need to be strong on their own, but also contribute to, and affect, the strength in the other Pillars as well. Everything is connected.

To understand this, think of when you run. You plant your right foot into the ground and your left arm swings forward. Have you ever thought about why that happens? Why does it feel ridiculous and useless to plant with your right foot and swing your right arm forward at the same time?

You plant your leg and swing with the contralateral arm because you’re controlling for rotation by having the arm either act as a brake (on the propulsion phase) or as an accelerator (on the braking/landing phase).

This ensures the power you generate through your leg goes forward and not off to the left or right, as would happen if the arm wasn’t counterbalancing the leg.

When your brain has a strong connection to all of the parts of your body, and can move them in an efficient, organized manner – naturally – you move better.

But if one part of your body isn’t working well, that linked-togetherness also means you’re going to deal with effects in another part of your body thanks to the one part of your body that isn’t working well.

Take your 6 Pillar-strong body and go do things with it! Have more energy to do life, period, because the ADL’s of your life don’t make you hurt, ache, and suffer. And when you have a day full of non-ADL movement, you and your 6 Pillar-strong body aren’t crippled by it. Your 6 Pillars are the foundation upon which all of your other movement is stacked upon.
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