What is Mobility?
Mobility is stretching on steroids. It’s all about taking a joint through its full range of motion PAIN FREE. It’s different from stretching, which normally focuses on a muscle. Mobility includes the sliding surfaces (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia), the joint and motor control necessary to perform a movement correctly.
Unfortunately, mobility is skipped for most parts of fitness, and is also incredibly misunderstood. When we are born into this world, we have full mobility, yet as we age, the ‘use it or lose it’ principle applies for most people. We start to stiffen up and get that general tightness we never had. Sedentary posture can be partly to blame for this, but that’s another story for another time. The great news is that not only can mobility be kept from an early age, but we can even reclaim the ability to move freely again – to be mobile again!
If your body did lack mobility, it may compensate in other areas of the body. For example, if you lack mobility in your ankles your knees and hips have to compensate when you squat or lunge. Tasks like picking something up off the floor or going up the stairs require mobility in the ankles. If you don’t have it, the task is more difficult and can be taxing on the body and eventually lead to injury somewhere in the body.
It is therefore in our best interest to stay as mobile as possible to prevent injury and to even improve our performance and one of the best ways to do this is to add mobility training to our daily regimen and weekly workouts. Developing mobility is just as important, if not more, than developing strength.
Mobility exercises are a great way to not only improve flexibility but optimize physical performance both in and out of the gym. A good mobility workout can be as simply focusing on an area that’s lacks mobility and working on it for a good 10-20 minutes. The workout can utilize tools like foam or rumble rollers, lacrosse balls, kettle bells, broom sticks and barbells just to name a few. Below is a simple mobility drill to get you started. It’s called the Open Book Mobility exercise and is designed to improve your thoraces spine (Mid back) mobility! To learn more specific mobility drills, feel free to come to our mobility classes we are now offering at Absolute Health Solutions.
Please call your Chiropractor at AHS on 9948 2826 or visit our clinic at 9/470 Sydney Rd in Balgowlah servicing the surrounding suburbs of Allambie, Balgowlah Heights, Seaforth, Fairlight and Manly on the Northern Beaches.