Warning Signs of Immobility

At Functional Elements, we TRAIN FOR LIFE. 

Basically, that means we love mobility and functionality. We love our clients to be able to MOVE through all stages of life.

That's why we integrate mobility testing/benchmarking and mobility movements into every client fitness program. 

But what are a few signs that your mobility may be becoming an issue in the first place? 

Actually, three come to mind off the top of my head.

The first is a feeling of not wanting to move. If you find yourself avoiding standing for a long time or avoiding activity that has your body active for a long time, you probably favor not moving due to your body’s inability to move efficiently.

The second is a change in your gait. This might be as simple as not walking as fast as you like, limping or favoring one side, or shuffling your feet and not picking them up.

A third is if you struggle getting up and down ... in and out of a chair, for example, or a couch/bed. And when I say 'struggle' is doesn't have to be severe. Basically, if it's more difficult for you 'than it used to be,' your mobility is starting to become an issue. 

When it comes to these indicators, don't ignore them. Get some help to analyze your situation and see what is causing the problem. Is it from overuse? Is it from an old injury, or some acute, recent trauma that’s causing overcompensation? There can be many reasons, and the quicker the issue is identified, the better.

Once the issue and problematic area is properly identified, we can perform movements that stabilize, strengthen, stretch, loosen that area or others that are causing the immobility. Functional movements and myofacial release techniques (30-min MYO appointments) are typically all part of the solution.

Tony Muyco, NSCA, CSCS
Functional Elements
Director of Training