Thanks for checking back in to the blog. I hope the last month has treated you well.
Today I wanted to talk about the topic of mobility, no not your ability to move around the country, but your ability for your body to move freely and without pain. Many of you have at one point in your life been told you are "too stiff" or "too flexible" or that you need to "Stretch more" or "stop bending like that." I, for example, had the nickname of "Gumby" because I was tall, lanky, and pretty flexible (which by the way lead to some injuries including chronic ankle sprains). Anyways, these are general terms directed at our physical "mobility." Now many different anatomical structures can effect our mobility such as our joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons as well as other clinical conditions, but in general when people start to refer to your mobility, they are referring to how much range of motion you have in your joints.
Physical Therapists are trained professionals in assessing your mobility and how it is effected by all these different anatomical structures, but you for the most part are not and don't/can't have a physical therapist there for you to assess it every time. So it is a good idea to have a general understanding of where you are at on the "spectrum of mobility."
Dr. Luke Greenwell is a Performance Based Physical Therapist with an extensive background in treating the injured athlete. He is passionate about returning people to the sports & activities they love. He has post-doctorate certifications in Manual Spine Therapy and Functional Dry Needling. He is also a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has extensive experience in Dartfish video gait/running analysis, concussion rehab, & functional movement screening & correction. He is the owner of CrossFit based RecoverRx Physical Therapy