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Flexibility & Mobility

Reduced range of motion (ROM), flexibility and mobility may be both a result of injury, or a precursor to injury.

When the body is injured, be it a muscle, joint or bone, the body tries to protect itself from further injury, usually by increasing tension in the area to prevent movement to reduce risk of further injury. As a result, the muscles become stiff and tight, reducing mobility, altering posture and often causing increased pain itself.

Examples are: whiplash (neck muscles become stiff), back pain (lower back, hips and legs become tight), injured shoulder (shoulder, arm and neck muscles become tight).

If muscles are tight, but no injury is present, this could potentially lead to an injury. For example, hamstring muscles that are overly tight may tear if you suddenly break into a sprint, as the muscle is not prepared to stretch and contract quickly. Alternatively, tight muscles in the hips (glutes, hamstrings and hip flexors) may lead to back pain, as altered biomechanics of the hips may pre-dispose one to injury.

Some occupations predispose one to having tight muscles, such as desk work. Prolonged sitting results in tight hamstrings, hip flexors and shoulders and neck muscles, which in turn may lead to back or neck pain.

How can NJF help?
NJF can conduct a full physical assessment of your range of motion and mobility and determine if you have any muscles that may be overly tight and placing you at risk of injury. From here, the exercise physiologist can prescribe stretching and mobility exercises to improve your range of motion and restore balance to your body.

Contact NJF for more information.

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