Mobility Mash-up Programme: Functional Pathology

16 Dec

People don’t ‘alf moan……..

Ooooh, me back, oooooh me hamstring, ooooooh me shoulder:

If you say this to a massage therapist, in they dive with supported thumb, forearm rolling and elbows.

“Dig in Deep boys! Whoot whoot “.

If you are at home alone, out comes the foam roller and squelch, squash, smash go your muscles. Even better, the attentions of a golf, cricket or  lacrosse ball will screw beautifully into some obscure bit of your anatomy that you cannot reach.

The only problem is that these treatments are frequently based on the assumption that if you bang your head against a brick wall, it feels nice when you stop.

What you need to do is this. Cast yourself a detective role in your own CSI episode and deploy some functional pathology: Why does that bit hurt? More importantly, why – when you fixed it using “mobility tricks” yesterday – is it back today?

Most mobility or flexibility tricks can, apparently, increase your range of motion within seconds, but this is merely part of the arsenal of the mountebank: tricks, smoke and mirrors. The test of a flexibility and pain-fixing regime is 21 days later. How much has your normal range of motion improved? Has it really stopped hurting, or is your muscle so kneaded that your pain receptors have given up, only to come storming back when they are recovered?

So ignore quick fixes. When you hurt, find out why. Look at the joints above and below, and play detective. You will be surprised what you find.

That, my dear friends, is called “functional pathology”. Find the problem, and fix the problem. We never promised clear answers, hence it’s a Mobility Mash-up.

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