WHAT IS MOBILITY?
It's the ability of a joint to actively move through its intended range of motion. Integrating additional aspects such as balance coordination, postural control coordination, and perception. Mobility frames flexibility as a dynamic quality, requiring control, coordination, and force through any demonstrated ROM.
WHAT IS FLEXIBILITY?
First we need to understand what range of motion is. Range of motion is the degree of movement that occurs at a joint.
Flexibility is a measure of range of motion and has a static and dynamic component.
Static Flexibility: Is the range of possible movement about a joint and it's surrounding muscles. Static flexibility requires no voluntary muscular activity; an external force such as gravity, a partner, or a machine provides the force to create movement.
Dynamic Flexibility: Is the available ROM during active movements and therefore requires voluntary muscle contractions.
Flexibility viewed in isolation can be misleading, as normal ROM does not guarantee normal movement. The concept of increasing MOBILITY is more useful for everyday activities, recreational fitness, and sports performance.
HOW DO WE INCREASE MOBILITY?:
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Stretch.
Resistance Training Through Full Available ROM.
Reduce chances of injury. If strength is gained through full available ROM.
Enhance performance in sports, recreational fitness activities, and everyday activities.
Increase chances of eliminating chronic joint and muscular pain.