Range of Motion
Our joints are sometimes very complex systems. Treating range of motion
problems require working with muscles, joints, the synovial sacs and fluid,
ligaments, tendons and bones. One has to follow the anatomical and mechanical
mechanisms that affect the joint to find the problems. A single joint may
have 40 or so muscles involved and may work with other joints to produce
specific motions in the body. There are also some muscles that have to be
balanced so that different segments of the muscle are coordinated with the rest
of the muscle. Muscles will also compensate and move to less advantageous positions
to compensate. When corrections are made the muscles may have to be
repositioned. One must deal with tendons and ligaments as well.
Bones will also slip out of position as affect joint flexibility. Scar
tissue can also affect joint movement as well as cartilage problems.
Often the only way to restore normal rage of motion is through bodywork to remove fascial adhesions.