The body alternates in its roles in regards to its joints, from mobility to stability.
The big toe is mobile.
The foot: stable
The ankle: mobile
The knee: stable
The hips: mobile
Their primary roles are either mobility or stability.
But is your problem a mobility or stability problem?
We have some tests to be able to determine the direction of your care. For example, if you can’t tuck your chin to your chest. If you’re restricted, you can’t reach your chin to your chest, it could be a mobility problem, meaning your joints can’t just get there, or your muscles won’t allow you to.
So, in just a couple of seconds, we’ve diagnosed a lot of things.
So, it is my job as the therapist, as the doctor, to be able to bring mobility where it needs to go. So we need all these kind of tools to bring mobility to an issue: the adjustment, exercises, dry needling.
Also, bringing stability where it needs stability: endurance exercises, strength training and exercises, and patient education.
That is how you know you’re in the right place: if your therapist is not just rubbing a muscle or adjusting a joint if you have a stability issue, or you’re not just doing exercises or strengthening things if just have a mobility issue.
So that is, in a nutshell, how we get our patients better. We bring mobility to what needs mobility and stability to what needs stability.