Mobility – Use it or Lose it
A day came when my, once young and well-oiled shoulders, started feeling like the squeaky hinges of a metallic old door. Sensitive elbows, wrists and tight shoulders are common among people who abuse bodyweight training for too long. Two other factors that seem to cause these types of problems for people in general are aging and inactivity. It’s easy to blame the natural process of aging for all our problems but another very important fact that contributes to joint issues is inactivity.
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I did a lot of research and self experimentation with self-myofascial relief methods such as foam rolling, massage and stretching but I found out that the best way to treat this issues is the also the simplest. The best way to prevent common joint problems and also improve issues from past exercise abuse is motion. You just need to prescribe your joints with a healthy diet of mobility drills. Why? Simply said, Motion is lotion.” Joint health depends largely on repetitive healthy movement that covers all the natural ranges of motion the joint has.
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What Causes Joint Issues
Aging, imbalanced strength programs, bad exercise technique, not warming up or a combination of all of these are the usual suspects and can cause reduction of your joint’s synovial fluid (which in simple words is your joint’s natural lubricant). It can also cause calcium deposits and adhesions (connective tissue growth in the wrong places surrounding your joints).
Mobility vs. Flexibility
When it comes to mobility, a typical mistake is to confuse it with flexibility. Stretching for mobility is not that helpful since one does not depend on the other. You can be flexible with poor mobility and vice versa. If you want more functional joints – mobility trumps flexibility.
Flexibility does not equal Mobility
Joints in comparison with muscles have no direct blood supply to receive nutrients. Mobility drills improve the circulation of your joint’s synovial fluid, which also helps your joints remove waste products and smooth out adhesions. Practicing mobility drills can restore a lot of range of motion and can help you reduce that rusty sensitive feeling your joints have as you grow older. In summary, if you want healthier and more functional joints, mobility drills are the way to go.
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