Imagine walking up a mountain, it was so good to see the views that you continued to do the same journey every day for several years. One day you meet another person coming down the mountain, it was strange as you didn’t think anyone else walked this mountain. You chatted to him and he mentioned that the views on the other side of the mountain were even better than this side, you then bid goodbye. Then, thinking to yourself why have I never considered seeing the other side of the mountain? The pathway that you walked was so ingrained into your system that it was the only option. After this you found many ways to walk and see the beauty around the mountain.
Consider a person walking into town, your observing through a lens and can see him swinging his arms across his body when he walks, and you wonder why he does not swing his arms forward and backwards, but he does manage to walk in a straight line. The next day you see him walking with straight arms, as if by magic, now that looks normal. Over the next few days of observation you noticed he has developed a limp; I wonder what has caused that? In the next week he has now resumed his cross the body arms walking but no limp.
Changing one’s movement strategy can be a little more difficult than altering an arm swing, as the arms are balancing out the body’s movement and can help in stabilising in a certain way the body needs. By altering the arm swing caused an imbalance in the walking gait.
The process on movement is that the arm swing may be caused by another issue somewhere else in the body but not really shown up as it was counteracted by the arm swing. In looking through the new lens and assessing the new client you find that one hip seems to have better movement than the other and the left foot turns out slightly when walking. Providing options for improving these areas of the body to move and function better that allows the brain to choose a different movement strategy or option of swinging the arms straight in this instant.
The same can be for the runner that has a certain running style, you may want to change the way they run for different reasons, it could be how they look when they run, you’ve read that running on the forefoot is better, or you think/know changing technique will improve their times.
Here again what is causing you to run the way you do? It may well already be optimal, or are there any other strategies you could train to allow the body to run better? Rather than trying to get you to just look better when you run and possibly cause more tension in the body to hold onto your new position.
If you able to train or educate the body to give it more options to choose to move from, then the body can find its own way to be more efficient in movement like walking, running, and throwing or allow you to take up a better position for that golf swing or martial arts move.