Each joint has an optimum range of motion, by design some have a wee bit of movement – intervertebral discs. Others have free and easy movement – shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles. Factors like lifestyle, medical conditions and past injury impact each joints optimum range of motion. Someone with healthy joints who hasn’t had an injury will likely have greater range of motion than someone who has broken an ankle or swollen/stiff joints due to a medical condition. The key, no matter what your situation, is to move each joint in its optimum range of motion.
How do you know you’re moving joints in their optimum range of motion?
- You can breathe easy.
- You are moving the joint in the direction it is designed to move in.
- You feel no strain or pain.
The larger joints – hips and shoulders are designed to take more load. When the hips or shoulders become stuck, limited or lack stability the load gets pushed out to the smaller joints – elbows, wrists, knees, ankles and intervertebral discs. I have seen pain at these smaller joints reduce or go away by improving the function and accentuating movement in the hip and shoulder joints.
I offer workshops and classes under “Work With Me” that teach how to move joints in their optimum range of motion. Under “Grow Your Practice” you’ll find a collection of free 5 minute videos to support you in moving your joints optimally.
If you have pain there is a problem. Listen to your body’s “whispers” and you won’t have to hear it “scream”.