Division of Labour
Knee — Stability
Hip — Mobility
Lumbar Spine (Low Back) — Stability
Thoracic Spine (Upper Back) — Mobility
Scapula (Shoulder Blade) — Stability
Gleno-humeral (Shoulder Joint) — Mobility
What happens when it goes wrong?
An Example: Low Back Injury and Pain
Sometimes this goes wrong, either from a traumatic injury, decreased strength of core stability musculature, or a strenuous posture over a long period of time. The low back becomes a mobile area due to the dysfunction.
So what happens then?
Often the pain will arise first in the hip joint (which can be felt in the bum, groin, or side of the hip), or in the upper back or neck. These areas that are designed to be mobile will over activate, stiffen up and become more stable to compensate.
If you've been treating an area of pain with little or no decrease in symptoms, perhaps you are focussing on the wrong area, and the dysfunction is actually arising from somewhere else. Book an appointment with me at my clinic in Guelph, or call and I can refer you to someone in your area or a thorough orthopaedic assessment.