The capsules of our joints contain the densest quantity of mechanoreceptors. Which are? Mechanoreceptors, are a sensory organ or cell that respond to mechanical stimuli such as touch or sound. The inner most tissue across our joint capsules are the first to perceive motion and thus provide the most complex of multi-directional and rotational information. Ideally, we provide as much afferent feedback to the joint capsule as possible, performing multi-directional movements at the outer most limits of articular motion ensuring maximum activation of mechanoreceptors ensuring peak afferent feedback. This is the most efficient manner to developing skills associated with Neurological Patterning.
Neurological Patterning of movement is based on the deployment of Motor Programs. ‘MOTOR PROGRAM: A set of motor commands that is pre-structured at the executive level and that defines the essential details of a skilled action.Schmidt & Wrisberg 2000
To safely prepare for an articular complex of more advanced movements and strength challenges, we must first ensure neurological control. And, in order to improve neurological control we want to provide the Central Nervous System with as much afferent feedback as possible. When the CNS receives the necessary information to translate articulation within time and space the system will also be prepared for more complex tasks. The more specific we can make the basic programming the simpler it will be to teach the CNS how to execute or control more complex neurological movement patterns or MOTOR PROGRAMS.
Lastly, expanding the outer limits of our Range Of Motion assures the CNS safe exploration through full ROM, all the while improving joint stability and protecting capsule articulation.
When we can expand our Outer Limits:
- Maximum mechanoreceptors are active enhancing Neurological Programming
- We will refine control while also building Joint Strength and Stability
- It will induce progressive tissue adaptions and aid with Injury Mitigation
- Increased flexibility naturally follows
Stability does not equal Rigidity and a joint can never be too mobileAndreo A. Spina
Stability≠Rigidity and Mobility>Flexibility
So, Why do we Practice Mobility Specifically? Is it really necessary everyday?
Here’s my top 5 reasons to build your Functional Mobility Practice today!
- Increased Range of Motion (ROM)
- Functional Mobility is the ability to control and own active ROM
- To enhance MOTOR PROGRAMS and provide athletic freedom!
- Missing ROM is a main detriment in most’s movement potential
- Articular Health and Longevity
- Reduce pain and the likelihood of injury
- Don’t allow age or previous experiences to prevent you from the movements you love
- Improved Proprioception or Body Control and Awareness
- Expand usable ROM and enhance athletic performance
- Increased Neurological Patterning and available MOTOR PROGRAMS
- Assess your movement health and prepare for athletics
- Using full ROM to prepare for athletics provides the maximum afferent feedback to the CNS
- Learn what your body is ready for and when, max effort or recovery day?
- For personal rehabilitation
- More quickly restore articular kinesthetic awareness following injury
- Expedites neuromuscular motor program retraining
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