The feeling of tightness and immobility can be one of concern particularly where it starts to affect our day to day lives; walking down the stairs or even picking up the kids can feel challenging at times. With frequent movement a must, the question of quality comes into question. Tight muscles and limited range of motion can be seen to have an adverse effect on the quality of our day to day movement patterns, something which we too commonly see overlooked. Training itself for the majority if us is the sole focus, not recognising that mobility and flexibility both affect the body’s ability to function at its best.
Mobility; the ability of a joint to move freely through its range of movement. Tight muscles do not allow joints to reach the full extent of their range, which can in turn cause restriction and in some instances pain and injury. Improving the range of movement of our joints should always be done so proactively as oppose to proactively with the view to preventing injury rather than addressing current ones.
In some instances, lower back pain can be caused by a tightness in the hamstrings. The hamstrings connect to the bottom of the pelvis, so where they become tight, the hamstrings pull downwards on the pelvis. This, in turn, causes the lower back to adopt a more rounded position. More commonly it’s an area experienced by people this poor body posture standing or sitting, i.e. driving for prolonged periods of time. In such circumstances additional care and attention to the hamstrings has been shown to lessen lower back pain.
Awareness of and time spent increasing flexibility is a must. We understand it’s importance not just for those with a regular exercise routine but us all in our day to day. As such, we’ve created a dedicated hour of mobility work to allow our athletes to not just benefit during the session itself but to provide opportunity to learn some additional routines to supplement their weekly activity. An example of just one technique which we practice during these sessions is myofascial release through the use of foam rolling. It’s a soft tissue practice which involves applying pressure to specific muscles with the view to releasing the muscle and loosening; paired with stretching it’s a great addition.