Chronic diseases frequently cause reduced mobility, pain and diminished quality of life. This leads to the hottest trend in mobility right now is not being a smart phone or a wireless gadget. Need for mobility is making health headlines in a way mobility is that freedom and control of our bodies that lets us do what we need to do: walk and move.
Mobility is essential for getting through the day, whether you need to walk across a room to the bathroom or kitchen, get out of bed or a chair, or walk through a grocery store. Here we highlight the key concepts of mobility in this infographic.
Human movement is facilitated by how conditioned the body is
to allow movement and how much control in general the body has when moving the
body. That is the basis of mobility. In a day to day basis, we are required to
move up and about to perform our daily routines ranging from doing house
chores, working to exercise. These are called functional movements.
All types of motions the body goes though are facilitated by
the flexibility of the tissues supporting the joint and the control the body
has of the joint facilitated by neuromuscular control. We depend on our bodies to take us through
functional movements with ease regardless of how difficult the task may be. This
is due to specific range of motions the joints to be achieved while executing
functional tasks and the amount of neuromuscular control the tissues surrounding
the joint has for the joint to be able to move in a specific direction.
As an infant, the larger population is born with appropriate
basal joint flexibility. We tend to learn how to control the flexibility and
gain the required mobility through motor development. These start with the
basic gross motor skills to refined motor skills. Gross motor skills are large
movements of the body which include sitting, walking, running and climbing
stairs. Fine motor skills involve use of the small muscle groups for example
movements of the fingers and hands. The
more complicated our movements are when growing up the more refined our
movements skills will be thus the more mobility we will possess. Apart from how
physically active we’re raised; our jobs or daily routines have a role in how
mobile we can get. People with physically active lifestyles tend to have more mobility
while individuals with sedentary lifestyles might have lesser mobility. As a human
age, their flexibility and mobility may vary depending on their daily
A focus on mobility is essential since recent studies have
shown mobility and cognitive function being the hallmark of ageing. This is the
reason why to promote healthy ageing, we should focus on maximizing functional
movements, maintaining functional movements to delay the decline of it for as
long as possible. This is by including functional exercises in our daily work
or workout routines. Remember functional movements are exercises that mirrors how
the human body is meant to move thus making movements even easier. The best way
to improve mobility is through practice and exploration. We are encouraged to
be always moving and challenging our bodies for a healthier biological ageing.