The difference between active and passive range of motion
It is important to know the difference:
- Active ROM refers to range of motion that is achieved with effort or input from YOU. It is you actively moving your own joints through their respective ranges of motion.
- Passive ROM refers to someone else moving your joint for you, as in during spinal mobilization.
Active ROM is obviously the more prevalent of the two for most people- if you are unable to put your own joints through full ranges of motion, life can be significantly more difficult. People with degenerative conditions that prevent them from moving their joints through full ROMs can benefit from having health professionals provide passive ROM in order to reduce pain and improve function. So what can you do to enhance your innate range of motion on a daily basis? Read on to find out.
Daily maintenance for range of motion
This will come as no surprise to you- the best way to maintain ROM is to use those joints! Stretching and strengthening the muscles that support these joints is the best way to improve both passive and active ROM. At Holmes Chiropractic, we help people put together fitness plans that account for their level of fitness and spinal conditions. Our goal is to use dynamic stretching and strengthening to augment the work we do in spinal adjustment and mobilization. While we specialize in improving range of motion in the spinal joints, we are also trained and skilled at helping you improve ROM in other joints as well.
Do you need help improving your range of motion?
If so, we are standing by to provide you with the support you need to change your lifestyle in support of enhanced joint function and better overall health. The truth is that compromised range of motion makes you less able- less able to perform normal tasks and therefore less able to enjoy life to its fullest. If you are interested in finding out how we can help you improve range of motion and function in your spinal joints, give our office in Houston a call to schedule an appointment today.