The Key to Working Out Around Pain and Limitation

The Key to Working Out Around Pain and Limitation

Joint by Joint Approach

Strength coach Michael Boyle and Physical Therapist Gray Cook have written about the Joint by Joint Approach. Simply stated, there are patterns in the body whereby certain joints need to be mobile and other that need to be stabile. In the end, all joints need full range of motion, and at the same time they require stability to maintain their proper axis of rotation (the centerline through a joint about which proper motion occurs). That being said, starting with the foot and ankle, let’s look at what a body requires for proper movement. Joints that need mobility are the foot and ankle, hip, thoracic spine, upper cervical spine. Joints that need stability include the knee, lumbar spine, shoulder girdle, and lower neck. Participating in strength training, other exercise or sport that requires movement when any of these joints lack proper mobility or stability is inviting injury. This is why bad applications can make some exercises dangerous and likely to cause injury. This is not entirely true for all exercise but it does make the point. Addressing movement dysfunction is essential to optimizing performance, ensuring proper movement, and preventing injury. Read about Do’s and Dont’s of Strength Training here