In my last blog post, I talked about the idea of ‘use it or lose it,’ otherwise known as reversibility. This principle talks about the fact that if you do not use something, then you lose it. This applies to not only our health and fitness, but also the mobility in our joints.
Our Joints Are Like Doors
Have you ever opened a door that hasn’t been opened in a while and it makes that awful squeaking, groaning sound?
Or have you ever had to pry open a door because the hinge hadn’t been used in so long that it had stopped working all together? Well our joints function (or don’t function) the exact same way.
If you do not use the full range of your joints then you will soon lose the full range of that joint. For example if, from this day onwards, you didn’t fully straighten your arm, after a few days it would be very hard (and painful) to fully straighten that arm. Simply because you haven’t’ used that range for a while.
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My Story – Losing Mobility
A few years ago I had a knee reconstruction, which forced me to wear a knee brace and use crutches for almost 2 months. When I took the knee brace off I could only move my knee the range of 20%, which is what the knee brace allowed me to do. I couldn’t move any more simply because my joint had ceased up because I hadn’t used it in so long. Over the next 2 months I had to see a physiotherapist a few days a week to help me get the full range of motion back into my knee.
If you don’t take your joints through their full range of motion you will soon lose the ability to use that joints full range.
This is why it is important to not only exercise, but also to take your joints through their full range of motion. This way you will keep your full range and in doing so will have healthier joints for longer.
Watch the video above to see 10 exercises you can do that take your joints through their full range of motion. Top-level rehabilitation specialist Scott Sonnon believes that you should take every joint through its full range everyday to ensure you don’t lose the range.