Remember that true mobility requires us to be capable. As defined above, this means that the body needs to be free of poor movement patterns, musculoskeletal compensations, adhered scar tissue, overactive protective reflexes and other issues that impact motion. When you try to develop mobility via integrated full body motion, it is virtually impossible to control or correct these issues. In essence, you will develop poor “mobility” on a compensated body, which leads to long term problems and slowed progress. How do you counteract this problem? The answer is to begin mobility training with true isolation. Mobility should be developed for each and every joint of the body, in all ranges of motion, at all possible speeds. Once you have these “basics” in place, only then should you move on to more integrated drills.
Benefits of Mobility Training -
As you begin to explore the power of isolated joint mobility training, it is important to understand the benefits of the process. Here are just a few things you can look forward to:
1. Increased joint range of motion
2. Improved end range of motion coordination and strength
3. Enhanced joint lubrication
4. Dramatically improved body awareness, coordination and agility
5. Increased ligamentous and connective tissue strength
6. Enhanced proprioception and injury resistance
7. Dramatic postural improvement
8. Increased strength and athletic movement skill
hysiologically, whenever you move a joint through all of its potential ranges of motion in isolation, you maximise the mechanoreceptors that surround the joint. As a result of this, the body's proprioceptive awareness and control of that joint is dramatically enhanced, the joint surrounding the tissues are safely and effectively strengthened and long standing postural problems and poor movement patterns self correct as the body becomes more "intelligent" about movement.