Range of Motion (ROM) defined and Range of Motion Exercises

by Dr Calhoun | September 1st, 2011

Range of Motion defined and Range of Motion Exercises The distance and direction that a joint can move in its full potential is called Range of Motion.  Every joint in our bodies have a normal range of motion (ROM). Some joints may have limited ROM due to stiffness, pain, swelling, injury or disease. Being inactive or underactive can cause joints to become weak and lose ROM. An athlete may have limited ROM due to an acute or recent injury. Some people have an occupations that cause repetitive stress or strain limiting ROM in their joints. An activity at home such as yard work that over stresses a joint may injure a joint and cause reduced ROM. Poor posture is really repetitive stress that limits how a joint can properly move leading to loss of ROM.  Whatever the cause for the limited ROM there are specific range of motion exercises that  can increase your ROM for the specific joint.  The exercises may be Active Range of Motion, Assisted Range of Motion or Passive range of motion in form. ROM Exercises will be very specific depending on all of the dynamics that have caused the loss of ROM and the state that the joint(s) are in once exercises are prescribed.  This knowledge is gained through history and examination. A qualified physician can prescribe proper treatment and initiate specific ROM exercises in the correct manner.

Dr. Calhoun, Liberty Hill Chiropractor has 26 years of experience as an expert treating ROM issues of all of the joints of the body.  If you are having joint problems please contact Dr. Calhoun, Chiropractor at 512-689-9864

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