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Joint Mobility

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Our body is designed to move in a synergistic and functional manner. Even our joints have a stability to mobility relationship. If our skeleton was only mobile we would walk around like Gumby and on the contrary if our skeleton was always stable we would move like the Tin-Man. So, our joints have an understanding with each other, one stays mobile, then the next stays stable. This stacked and alternating scenario allows us to move in an organized way; play sports, pick up our kids, take out the trash, etc. Like any relationship, issues can arise that don’t allow things to work smoothly. Let’s start from the bottom. Your ankle is meant to be mobile, it moves in all directions. This allows for walking, running, jumping, and agility. The next joint is the knee which is more stable than the ankle. Moving on up, the hip is more mobile than the knee. As you work your way up the body you will see the trend of mobility following stability and stability following mobility. Well, what happens when we injure an ankle or it becomes stiff from lack of use. This lack in mobility will trickle upstream and affect the stability of the knee. The knee now has to take on some of the mobility requirements of the ankle. As I’m sure you can guess this relationship will not work out well and probably end in pain. So, how do you make sure your joints stay happy? You work on your mobility and stability where needed. If you have stiff shoulders, hips, or ankles start doing mobility exercises. Same goes for stabilizing areas such as your core & lumbar spine. Due to the lack of movement in our everyday life our bodies are becoming stiff, achy, and cranky. Combat this by creating a new routine and adding in daily mobility exercises.

Elisha Voren

MS, CSCS, NTC, FMS

Wellness Coach