Activity, Injury Prevention

Plain talk about the planes of motion

Hey Joint Supporters!!!

We’re going to talk about movement and how movement loss can create problems.

We move through three basic planes of movements. The fancy terms are sagittal, frontal, and transverse. We are going to use front/back, side/side, and rotation because I think it’s much easier to follow. We are also going to use our shoulder as our teaching joint.

As you’ve probably already figured out, our shoulder moves front/back, side to side and it rotates. But we don’t move like robots, so we use a combination of these basic movements to create a smooth path.

But when you start to notice some difficulty moving such as reaching behind your back to hook your bra or tuck your shirt in, reaching back for your seat belt, and reaching overhead, those are usually signs of movement loss and it can lead to problems.

Restoring motion has to happen in a certain way. We need to get front/back motion first, then side/side, and then rotation. Usually, if you restore front/back motion first, then the other directions will start to improve. If you start with rotation, it can be harder to fix the other directions.

The ultimate goal is to be able to move in all directions without restriction in all of our joints. This will promote healthy muscle and load distribution which prevents breakdown of joints and injuries.

~ Courtney

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