The Mobility Manifesto Blog

Low Back Pain? Check Your Hips!

Low back pain continues to be one of the most common health complaints that limit people, especially as we spend many hours of our day sitting.

The vast majority of our society sits frequently and becomes less active as they age.  This results in limitations in hip mobility and poor hip function as a whole. Clinically I have found success in looking at limitations in hip mobility as a cause of low back pain. 

Having back pain? You need to step back and assess your body and your movement execution, quality and patterning first to set you on the path towards pain-free movement.

When screening and assessing the mobility of the hip complex, we must objectively look at three different aspects of human movement and function:

  1. Capsular Mobility
  2. Soft Tissue Extensibility
  3. Dynamic Stability

In tour hip assessment, we will look at both the assessment of functional mobility of the lower quadrant (more specifically the femoroacetabular joint) and the levels of muscle...

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What You Need to Know About The Shoulder (Anatomy and Biomechanics)

The shoulders, specifically, the glenohumeral joints, are typically very mobile joints. They need to move in multiple planes and positions in relation to the body to perform everyday activities.

Even though the shoulders are a common area of mobility, many people will present with limitations in at least one aspect of glenohumeral motion. These limitations can stem from bony abnormalities, joint capsule tightness and soft tissue restrictions.

What is a Joint Capsule?

In the majority of the joints in the body, there is something called a “capsule” surrounding the joint. A capsule is synonymous to a ziploc bag encompassing the joint.

capsular-changes

In this capsule, there are “folds” in certain aspects depending on where the arm is positioned. Due to an old injury, surgery, etc., this capsule can become “tight or stiff.”

Soft Tissue Restrictions

Now, this is the more common of all three of the factors that can limit shoulder mobility. Excluding clients who are...

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Mobility vs. Flexibilty: Whats the Difference?

Take a walk trough any gym and you'll hear the words “flexibility” and “mobility” used interchangeably. The common misconception is that if you stretch enough you will remain mobile and ready to move. The typical "mobility" routines involve stretching and passively holding position without active movement.

This may overtime help the flexibility of the muscles and connective tissue surrounding body region; however, flexibility and mobility are not the same thing. In fact, your flexibility may not be a great predictor of mobility at all.

Mobility is not simply stretching. Mobility refers to the capacity to move using active, stable and controlled motion.

MOBILITY = STRENGTH + BODY CONTROL


Why does it matter?

Flexibility does not improve function or performance by itself. Mobility however represents usable motion that can be used to maximize movement capacity, safely , efficiently and effectively.

"Strength without the mobility...

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