While most of the fitness world is strictly focused on appearance, there is a growing interest in helping folks move better. To me, I can't understand why this isn't objective number one. Regardless of sport or goal, I think that movement and functionality is key.
With that said I think it is important to understand that poor movement patterns and pain aren't always a mobility issue, sometimes it is a stability issue.
It's easy to see a faulty movement pattern and automatically assume that this is due to a lack of mobility somewhere. And you know what they say about assuming, don't you? ;)
Upon assessment one may find that the faulty movements actually come from a lack of stability at a particular joint.
For example, the shoulder joint. The shoulder joint is a very common area of pain for most lifters and athletes. This pain (and limited range of motion due to the pain) is rarely a mobility issue. The glenohumeral joint is the most freely movable joint in the body. MOST issues associated with this joint are because of a lack of stability due to weakness in the rotator cuff muscles and/or the deltoids.
This brings me to another point, assess don't guess. It would be impossible to know if a movement pattern is wacky due to mobility or stability without a thorough assessment. Make sure you identify what is actually causing the movement issue or pain. You can do all the mobility work that you want but if it's a stability issue, you'd be wasting your time.
With all of that said, there are some common areas that the majority folks feel tightness and pain. I think there are certain mobility drills and stretches that MOST people should be doing on a semi-regular basis. This is why I've created the Total Mobility Program. This program includes BOTH mobility AND stability drills that address the most common areas of pain and dysfunction across the population. The goal of this program is to help you move better and perform better with less pain.
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