05 Jun Mobility – What is it?
Mobility is becoming a universal term encompassing all things that mobilise human tissue. It’s a simple equation
Mobility = Mobilise
Mobilise = To Prepare and organise so that you are Capable of movement
Human tissue (muscles, fascia, ligaments and tendons) has a fantastic ability to adapt to any stress or stimulus placed upon it. Whether this is prolonged sitting, walking, inactivity or lifting weights.
Mobility refers to using an object to promote a positive change in human tissues (muscular, ligaments, tendons and fascia). There are a number of ways to perform mobility in order to promote this positive
- Self-massage – using a tennis ball, lacrosse ball, massage ball etc
- Rolling – Foam roller, battle star & rolling pins
- Stretching – body weight or power bands
- Distraction – power bands
Why is it so important?
Typically, mobility is used to reduce muscular tension; it’s commonly performed prior to exercise as part of the “warm up” but mobility should not simply be limited to part of the warm up routine for exercise. The vast benefits include:
- Recover tissue – increase blood flow
- Prepare for performance or activity
- Assists in reducing knots and trigger points
- Reduces pain associated with muscular tightness
- Increase joint range of motion
- Enhancing proprioception
Mobility can and should be performed by all individuals regardless of age, injuries, illness or training history – it simply needs to be specifically designed for your individual needs.