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RMTs and JOINTs Part 2

  • PART ✌🏼 . 📋🖊To assess the effectiveness of a joint Ⓜ️obilization, post treatment measurements of change in Active Range of Motion (AROM) and Passive Range of Motion (PROM) are assessed. . Subjective reports on where the pain falls on a 1-10 pain scale are used to relay experiences of pain or dysfunction both at resting and during functional assessment (such as putting on a jacket or doing an overhead press) are also taken into consideration. . Pre treatment and post treatment assessment are critical to how we formulate best practice and evidence based treatments as RMTs. Jargon aside, it's the results that matter! 👊🏼 . The following are a few basic truths about joint play from Dr. Mennell's work: . 1) When a joint is not free to move, the muscles that move it are not free to move. . 2) Muscles cannot be restored to normal if the joint which they move is not free to move. . 3) Normal muscle function is dependent on normal joint movement. . 4) Impaired muscle function perpetuates and may cause deterioration in abnormal joints. . And I would like to add, vice versa! If the muscles are impaired this can have a direct correlation to the health of a joint 🍖 . If the dry weight of your skeleton is between 15-20% of your total body weight, and you can bench/squat/telephone-pole-throw twice your body weight 🏋🏾‍♀️-you can bet your muscles can probably shift your bones out of place if they find themselves in a state of intrinsic muscle spasm or muscle guarding . Whether it's a carpal bone in the wrist or twist at the TVP attachment of your Quadratus Lumborum joint mobs and soft tissue manipulation just might be the approach you need! . As RMTs we are always trying to improve our grasp on the bigger picture 🤓📚The big toe really is connected to the elbow! . 💪🏼More on this when we delve deeper into therapeutic exercise approaches to optimal joint alignment . Questions? Comments? DM, text, Facebook message or carrier pigeon. . I am always happy to hear from you! . See you soon!

  • Mennell, John. Joint Pain, Little Brown and Company, 1983

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