Joints and Flexibility Specialist Questions and Answers
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Our bodies are constantly in motion and at the fulcrum of this mobility is our joints. The area where two bones meet is protected with cartilage to prevent wear and tear and bone grinding on bone. When joints become injured or inflamed, range of motion is greatly reduced. Practicing stretching can improve flexibility and joint health.
Flexibility is the ability of a joint or number of joints to move through an unrestrained range of motion without any pain. Flexibility varies widely from person to person. However, minimum ranges are essential for maintaining joint health and overall body health. Many variables affect the loss of normal joint flexibility including a lack of stretching, injury or inactivity. The mobility of the soft tissues that surround the joint influences the range of motion. These soft tissues include: muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin and joint capsules. Especially when combined with activity, over time a lack of stretching can lead to a fatigue-induced soft tissue shortening.
• Dynamic Flexibility: Dynamic flexibility involves the performance of dynamic movements of a specific joint that are within the full range of motion. For example, dynamic flexibility can be illustrated by twisting a joint from side to side.
• Static Active Flexibility: Static active flexibility involves the stretching of an antagonist muscle while using only the tension of the agonist muscle. Especially when the antagonist muscle becomes tight, this type of flexibility is ideal for stretch-reflex training. This type of stretch can be practiced by holding one leg out in front of you as high as possible using only your leg strength. As you do this, your antagonist muscle, in this case your hamstring, is being stretched as your agonist muscles, in this case your hip flexors and quadriceps, hold up your leg.
• Static Passive Flexibility: Static passive flexibility uses an external force, such as a table or bench, to hold a stretch. You can practice this type of flexibility by holding a leg out in front of you and resting it on any surface, such as a desk, chair or table. There is no active agonist since your quadriceps do not need to hold this stretched position.
Stretching is one of the most common practices to improve flexibility. If practiced everyday, flexibility can be significantly improved over the course of a few months. The most beneficial types of stretching are dynamic stretching, which involves moving your joint through the full range of motion, and static stretching, which involves holding a stretch position for an extended period of time.
Joint flexibility is important for a number of reasons, namely:
• It helps you stay active
• It helps you stretch and stay mobile
• Maintains a good range of motion
• It keeps your joints healthy
If you or someone you know is looking to improve their flexibility and the health of their joints, come to Get Well Urgent Care today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in joints and flexibility and can help you maintain a wider range of motion! For more information on our joints and flexibility specialist, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our joints and flexibility specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.