The Importance of Joint Mobility

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For the past few months I have been starting my days with a quick joint mobility routine. After extensive reading on the topic and using it I have  seen huge benefits first hand. Joint mobility has powers not only to prevent injury, but to heal, revitalise and shuttle nutrients to the joints.

Introducing a quick joint mobility routine could be the best thing you do for your body. You will probably find that many aches and pains disappear and some even think that joint mobilising exercises can reverse ageing which has been incurred from overdoing activities or have been induced by trauma and injuries, or even just everyday living…..

So what is Joint Mobility? In a nutshell it is a type of training which actively moves your joints and brings in endogenous energy (outside energy) to the joints, which brings with it lubrication and therefore helps the joints heal and regenerate. Not only this but it restores posture and improves your movements as control over the nervous system is re-enforced. Have a look at the video below for a rough guideline of what Joint Mobility actually looks like.

Pretty simple stuff, but it holds huge benefits.

Mobility is body’s own anti-ageing agent. When you bathe each joint in nutritive and lubricative flow, you revitalise “endogenous energy” (an energy independent of outside sources). Mobility removes aches and pains which are the body’s last effort attempt to communicate to your brain that injury is imminent. Mobility halts and reverses accelerated ageing which happens not only from physical activities, trauma, and injuries, but also from just daily living in a gravitational field. As such, mobility is the elixir of life, a truly innate fountain of wellness. Movement is life!

Sometimes it takes starting a joint mobility routine to realise how rigid/crackly and stiff our joints have become, this is something that was true for me. The first time I went through Steve Maxwell’s joint mobility routine joints were clicking and cracking and felt really uncomfortable. Not only this but my co-ordination was definitely off with some of the joints movements, and I consider myself a sporty/co-ordinated person so this was pretty surprising.

Joint mobility should be looked upon as General Maintenance for your body. Just like a car needs oiling, and the tyres need pumping our bodies have similar needs. Joints are like hinges and need regular oiling, maybe not everyday (although it would be great) but a lot of us could certainly benefit from some joint mobility a few times a week. Especially those with shoulder or hip injuries and those who play lots of sports.

Some of the key parts of the body that will benefit are:

  • Shoulders
  • Neck
  • Lower Back + Upper
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Ankles and Wrists

How to Learn? The great thing about joint mobility is that you don’t need any fancy courses or classes to learn a routine. There are loads of free joint mobility routines on YouTube see Here and Here….. Alternatively I have found a great e-book on the topic that can be had free using this Link……. Steve Maxwell’s Daily Dozen are also worth checking out but his videos which cost around $10 each are really very good and have been something I have used and can highly recommend. (I in no way endorse these products – just being honest about something I feel gives great value)

Joint mobility is not only something worth investing time in for yourself but also something you can teach and show to others as it can benefit everyone – Young, old, active or sedentary we could all use some extra mobility…..

Try going through basic 10-15 minute joint mobility routine daily for the next week and see how you feel.

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Comments

  1. Adam | SEE says

    You can’t walk along the river here in Seoul without seeing an older lady or older gentleman engaged in some joint mobility. In fact, you often see people take a break from work and do a little joint mobility routine to keep from getting too stiff throughout the day.

  2. musclemike says

    Thanks for posting those links to free videos. I noticed when i started doing p90x, they incorporated a lot of stretching and ballistic stretching that helped improve my shoulder and neck joints similar to what was in those videos.

    In your reading, did you find anything interesting about joint supplements? I have a lot of friends and family that keep taking some that promise healthy joints but i’m wondering if those are all just bs or maybe there are some things you can take or eat that could help your joints

  3. Khaled Allen says

    I’ve been doing joint mobility exercises for a week every day when I wake up. A lot of my usual stiffness has gone away as a result, though I haven’t gotten more flexible. Rather, the persistent aches and pains that used to be there no longer are during the day. It’s also a lot more forgiving way to start the day than running out to work first thing.

  4. Hans Hageman says

    Chris,

    I purchased and use Steve Maxwell’s routine. I also use a Z-Health mobility routine. I wish I had known several years ago to use mobility exercises as a warm-up instead of static stretching. Thank you.

  5. Hung says

    Again a great post and topic. Also good timing cause I was looking for exercises that are good for mobility and the joints.

    I have hemofilia A and because of my past injuries in mostly my left knee, I have chronic aches and stiffness in my left knee and ankle. Also had lowerback problems a couple times each year.
    Since I’m doing Yoga for the last 6 months and concentrate more on stretching before or after my workouts my aches are becoming a lot less. Especially in my lower back. I will incorporate these exercises in my fitness routine and see if it improves even more.

    @ Hung: Yoga works for joint mobility so that should help, saying that adding 10-20 minutes a day of specific joint stuff would really help, I would recommend you checkout one of Steve Maxwells videos they for me are the best way to learn and get started at home in your own time….
    Thanks for the great info and content of your site!

  6. Tom Furman says

    I’m kind of known for my ability to teach joint mobility that effects peoples lives.
    I’ve distilled the fundamental movements down to TEN. I think it can keep you pretty young if you do the regularly.
    Check it out.
    http://physicalstrategies.blogspot.com/p/e-book.html

    @ Tom: Thanks very much! I purchased your e-book a few weeks ago and have to say it is very good, well worth the money. Thanks for checking this out and posting….

  7. Hung says

    Chris, thanks for your feedback.

    I have the 300 series from Steve Maxwell and I find him pretty good as well. I will check his mobility program as you suggested.

    When do you like to do these routines/exercises the most, before or after training? And is it better to do this for strength or cardio training?

    Thanks again!

  8. Sammy says

    I’ve been doing joint mobility drills for years combined with self myofascial release and I’ve been relatively injury-free since making that a regular part of my routine. I love them. On top of that they just plain make you feel better, and having more freedom of movement can also make for better times when performing certain activities{hint hin:-)}

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