How to Maintain Joint Mobility
For ages, static stretches were thought to be best for joint mobility. However, new research has uncovered that dynamic stretches are more effective at enhancing joint mobility and keeping one injury-free. Mobility exercises are carried out in a repetitive manner and in a deliberate way to help joints stretch and stay flexible. Static joint stretching comprises moves that are carried out while standing in one place and involve no movement.
On the other hand, dynamic stretching involves whole-body movements that enhance range of motion and actually provide benefits in your physical life. Static stretching helps maintain joint mobility but doesn’t involve the joints and muscles that are active in your everyday movements. Dynamic stretching involves all the joints that are used in your everyday life. This helps in improving your movement and flexibility in your daily life.
Weight training cannot be thought of as mobility work because when you work the joints, you do not think about changing the size of muscles by adding weight. Mobility exercises do not intend to elongate connective tissue or even create a permanent remodeling of muscles and tendons. The purpose behind mobility exercises is to improve circulation of blood and create warmth in the joints. These exercises also involve effective communication with your brain due to the fact that your coordination stems ultimately from your brain and not your body.
The way you move your body influences your brain to perceive its potential. In order to convince it to improve flexibility or maintain joint mobility, persistent and steady pressure needs to be applied to the joints on a regular basis. In order to convince your brain that your joints can move in a certain manner, you have to carry out joint exercises for quite some time so that your brain registers that movement.
Mobility in the joints helps keep injuries to a minimum when you undergo physical traumas, such as falls or accidents. This is also why you may experience joint pains as you age—because your brain forgets these joint movements and, as a result, the fact that your body parts can be moved in a particular manner. When you use the joint a lot, you experience pain.
Mobility exercises as well as massages help maintain your body maps, which are your brain’s guidelines for understanding how each joint moves and to what extent. Regular exercise can help keep your joints flexible and maintain joint mobility, which keeps pain at bay.