No “Good” vs “Bad” Movement

Why Dr. Chris doesn’t believe in good vs bad movement, and why she wants to encourage you to hit “unsubscribe” to that idea too…because it’s not doing you ANY favors.

A note from Dr Chris:

Think back to when you were little…Like a little kid on the playground.  Do you ever remember thinking,“Ooooo, ya know, climbing on the monkey bars is bad, but playing handball is good,”? Yeah, I didn’t think so…as you got older, you learned to label movements as “good” vs “bad”.

Have you ever taken a moment to notice where that came from? 

❓Maybe family/friends?

❓Maybe a medical provider?

❓Maybe Dr. Google or social media?

❓Maybe from yourself?

?Maybe a combo of all the above?

There are a variety of reasons why this kind of labeling happens. And early on in my PT career, I definitely subscribed to this idea. I’m even guilty of saying such things to my former patients. Yup, not proud of that, but it’s true.

That was based on my own biases, mentors, and movement experiences. I thought I was helping keep my patients “safe”. What I didn’t realize…until later…was I was creating FEAR instead, under a facade of safety. That wasn’t serving me or my patients. By avoiding “bad” movements I failed to empower my patients to move and that didn’t encourage them to move more often. 

Movement diversity is important, just like diversifying our financial investments. We only get better at the movements we practice. Being better at different types of movements means: we’re better at building resiliency of our tissues, AND better at reducing our risk for injuries.

Many of us have heard the phrase, “use it or lose it! The same is true for movement. And usually the movements we’re avoiding, are the ones we need to practice most!

So what movements do you need to practice? What pieces of those movements feel scary and why? How can you break those movements down, into smaller pieces to practice? I’d love to hear what you want to practice in the comments below!

Need help breaking down a movement into smaller pieces? I’d be happy to help you brainstorm that too! Let’s change the convo of “good” vs “bad” movement. So we can lean in and play with ALL movement ?️‍♀️


Dr. Chris