Injuries can be very discouraging and take time to recover from, however, fixing injuries doesn’t have to be hard. Below, we will go over three specific areas to address so you can stay injury free and get back to feeling healthy and strong!
Full Range of Motion
First we need to address the differences between flexibility, mobility, and motor control. Flexibility is defined as the passive range of motion a person can achieve with someone else’s help. There’s no muscles required to do this.
Second is the active range of motion, mobility, meaning that you can lift your own arm and put it overhead. This means you need to use your own muscles to perform this movement.
Thirdly, Motor control is the strength someone has in a given movement. This means you can put your own arm overhead and do it with added weight.
The Root Cause
So what happens when you do not pass all three ranges of motion and continue to do the movement? Your risk for injury goes up. Because your body is unable to get full range of motion in a given area, your body will begin to compensate in different areas.
The issue with compensation is that it doesn’t actually fix the issue. Over compensation begins to make things worse and can lead to further injures down the road.
When we are performing movements in the gym or in the real world, we want to make sure that we are actually able to perform the task safely and properly. Having full range of motion requires flexibility, mobility, and motor control. Having all three will allow you to perform any given task without the risk of getting injured.
There is no reason to live in pain and fight through nagging injuries when there is a perfect solution to the problem. Everyone should be able to move pain free. The question then becomes, do you want to?
Fixing The Issue
Working towards pain free movement takes hard work and commitment, however, it’s simple. First we have to go back to the three variables: flexibility, mobility and motor control. If flexibility is full range of motion, move onto mobility and finally motor control.
After narrowing down the issue, we can plan of attack to address the weak points!
When fixing the issue, its important to stop any movements that you do not have full range of motion for, as well as any movements that cause pain in order to reduce inflammation. This will make it easier to start working on weaknesses, and begin to move pain free.
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It can be overwhelming to figure out where to start in the process to pain free movement, that’s where we can help. We have worked with hundreds of people the last few years to get them on their way to pain free movement. If you need help getting started in the right direction, or want a professional to guide you every step of the way, give us a call or click https://lionheartapf.com/join/ to JOIN NOW!