Welcome to this eight-week video series brought to you exclusively by Whole Life Challenge in partnership with MobilityWOD. Each week, physical therapist Dr. Kelly Starrett will present you with a simple concept regarding anatomy and movement — as well as some techniques you can incorporate into your daily mobility practice. Note: These techniques are optional and are simply one of the many ways you can accomplish your ten daily minutes of mobility.
This week we are working on “joint basics,” also called “band basics.” When we typically think of how our limbs move, we picture them moving along a single path. But in reality, our joints have rotational ability in multiple directions and also movement within the joint.
So, when we mobilize, we like to add the use of a band to try to improve joint health. This allows us to more directly address limitations in our range of motion and spend time in the end ranges of our “joint capsule.” This all may sound complex, but it’s basic in implementation.
I’ll show you how this works by doing a variation of week two’s drill, the couch stretch. You’ll find this approach improves both your mobility and your muscle activation.