The human body consists of multiple systems that come together and work well together
Electrical system, muscular system, shoulder system, lumbopelvic system
If you use one system in place of another, the one doing all the work will break down
Hinging through the spine instead of through the hips
The area where pain occurs is quite often not the reason there is a problem or movement dysfunction. We need to look at the ‘why’.
The body is made up of different segments (foot, ankle, knee etc). Each segment has a certain amount of mobility and a certain amount of motor control. The segments alternate from the ground up in terms of what they need more of between mobility and motor control during athletic activities and typically in most people.
So what is mobility anyway?
Mobility is the distance a joint can move, from say, Point A to Point B. It is the range of motion a joint can perform at. Range of motion helps maintain movement by stretching the muscles and moving the joints.
There are 2 types of mobility: Active & Passive
Passive Mobility : Refers to the range of motion in a joint without force or muscle contraction. The best example of passive mobility is the range of motion you would have when under aesthetic and your muscles are unable to contract voluntarily.
Active Mobility : The range of motion at a joint when muscles are contracting. Often it is joint the range of motion in the joint itself that is limiting, but rather our ability to relax the contracting muscle under strain. If you can relax the muscle your ROM generally increases.
Immobility = death!
Movement of a joint keeps the joint health by nutrient delivery and waste product clean up. Having good mobility allows you to achieve the position of a joint where there is optimal bony contact and optimal muscle contraction around a joint.
Motor control is the way in which you get from point A to point B, or how efficient you are at moving.
Why is it important?
You need to have good motor control to allow a strong anchoring point for the body and effective transfer of power. Good motor control prevents poor movement within the joint itself.
Different areas of the body and their function in mobility or motor control:
Foot – Motor Control
Ankle – Mobility
Knee – Motor Control
Hip – Mobility
The femur and the hip socket can have wide variations in anatomy
Lumbar spine – Motor Control
Thoracic spine – Mobility
Cervical spine – Motor Control
Shoulder blade on rib cage – Motor Control
Shoulder – Mobility
Elbow – Motor Control
Wrist – Mobility
Hand – Motor Control
Sometimes movement that should happen in one joint happens at a different joint instead. When something hurts, it doesn’t mean it needs to move more/be mobilized. Many things hurt when they move too much and are doing another joint’s work.
Why does this happen? Many reasons
2. Motor patterns
3. Relative stiffness/mobility of joints
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