If you’re an elite athlete or pushing toward ambitious fitness goals, then you should be including mobility training as part of your regular workout regime. Stretching and mobility exercises enable you to push your body further and overcome your own limitations.
Even if you’re not an athlete, you’ll gain benefits from stretching and mobility training. You’ll notice back pain and stiffness in your body will improve, soreness after physical activity will decrease, and you’ll feel more energised, relaxed, and satisfied.
At The Corrective Clinic, we’ve seen the results for ourselves. Many of our patients who incorporate mobility training improve their alignment, posture, and functional range of motion. This means, they’re coming to see us less and less, which is exactly what we want!
So what are you waiting for? Get stuck in to mobility training today.
What do we mean by “mobility training”?
When we use the term “mobility training,” we’re talking about stretching and training muscles to warm them up and improve flexibility. Performing stretches before and after exercise – as well as any time during the day you feel you need to – can improve the mobility of your muscles and lead to all sorts of awesome benefits.
Different types of mobility training
There are four different types of stretches you can perform as part of mobility training. Incorporating stretches from all four types will give you the best results:
- Dynamic stretching involves a range of motions at specific joints that aim to mimic activities or movements. Leg swings – where you stand straight, holding a chair or wall, and swing your leg in front and then behind you – are a common dynamic stretch.
- Mobility stretching is designed to help improve the movement of muscles. You need to hold these stretches for a minute or so for the best results. Mobility stretches include calf stretches and leg squats.
- Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation or PNF stretching uses contracting and relaxing to stretch the body. You often do these stretches with a coach or fitness patnes, who will push down as you resist. These stretches enable you to go deeper into the muscles and push your body further, and deliver great results for elite athletes.
- Ballistic stretching should only be done with a qualified coach or physiotherapist. For ballistic stretching, you use bouncing to push your muscles past their normal range. This makes dramatic improvements in the range of joint motion, and will work for advanced levels of flexibility.We recommend a tailored programme of stretches you can perform before and after exercise.
Book your appointment at The Corrective Clinic and we can sort you out with the perfect stretching session!