The Importance of Mobility Drills
Mobility in Our Daily Routines
Coach O here and in today’s post I’m going to be talking about the importance of mobility in our daily routines. Recently I have been getting a lot of people coming up too me and saying “coach O I have pain in my foot” or ” my shoulder hurts”. When I ask what they have been doing to relieve the pain I am usually answered with “oh nothing I just deal with it”.
Doing nothing when in pain is not a good way to make the pain go away. In fact, pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong and you need to correct it ASAP. This is where performing daily mobility work comes into play. Humans are extremely adaptable, amazing, healing machines and can heal from virtually any injury. With 15 minutes of daily mobility work most injuries can be completely avoided.
Where does the pain come from?
98% of athletic related injuries come from:
a. Overtension (missing range of motion in a joint)
b. Open circuit faults (moving in a bad position)
When you have pain or difficulty performing a specific movement it is usually a result of the soft tissues that surround the joint being very tight and ridged. For example: if you have knee pain, chances are good that your quads, hips, hamstrings, and calves (all musculature that connects to your knee) is brutally tight. It’s no mystery why you have pain: you can’t get into the correct positions or move with good form because you are missing key ranges of motion. Relieving overtensioned systems using mobilization techniques feeds “slack” to the “injured” site, reducing localized joint pain by improving the efficiency of the system. Think of it this way: A tight door hinge will have a pile of rust underneath it. So if the tissues surrounding your knee (quads and calves) are tight, you will literally have a pile of meniscus dust underneath it. The brutally stiff tissues upstream and downstream of the joint cause a mechanical deformation that affect how the joint moves and operates.
Mobility in our daily routines:
In every class I teach I try to instill the importance of moving correctly and creating healthy movement patterns. The techniques I teach are meant to be transferred to real life, not just limited to the time you spend training. Remember, there are 24 hours in a day and 16 of those hours are usually spent moving around to some degree. It is of utter importance that when moving, you pay attention to the position of your body. When you sit do you slouch? When you walk are your feet pointing out to the sides? Do you extend your head forward when typing on your computer? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you are exhibiting an open circuit fault that needs to be corrected if you would like to have a pain free and awesome life. Open circuit faults may seem very small and inconsequential at the time but over time can have very catastrophic consequences. If you would like to learn how to correct your faults or learn what mobility drills you can do please feel free to talk to coach O at any time.
Looking forward to seeing you all in class this week!
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