What is “normal” joint motion?

21 March 2019Chiropractic

How Joints Move

Joints move in three planes of motion: Sagittal, frontal, and transverse. This translates to flexion/extension (bending forward/backwards), lateral flexion (bending side to side), and rotating left and right. When your spinal joints are restricted in one of these planes of motion it can give the sensation of your back “being out of place”. If you are restricted in one of these planes of motion, you aren’t able to get proper movement from the joint. This leads to lack of proprioceptive information coming from the joint, which means the joint isn’t getting proper input to the brain. So, the joint is basically “blind” in space without this proprioceptive input.

How to “Fix” Restricted Joints

Assessment of these planes of motion should be done both actively and passively to help determine if an restriction is present. If you are able to achieve normal range of motion passively but not actively then you could have a motor control problem and would benefit more from exercise. The exercise should be focused on activating the proper muscle patterns so you can achieve normal range of motion actively. However, if you are limited in both passive and active range of motion you would more likely be a candidate for a chiropractic adjustment Also, using motion palpation to find areas in the spine that are not moving properly help us to find areas of restriction.

The F.I.T. Approach

Who is qualified to assess joint motion and locate restrictions? The doctors at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic! We combine our chiropractic and physical therapy expertise to determine location of joint dysfunction and the most appropriate method for correction. This allows use to reduce or eliminate pain, and decrease the chances of re-injury.

If you or someone you know are experiencing that stiff, “joint out of place” feeling call us today for a free phone consultation. F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic currently serves the Kansas City Metro area, including Overland Park, Shawnee, Olathe, Gardner, Leawood, Prairie Village, Belton, Lees Summit, Blue Springs, and Lawrence. NEW PATIENTS are always welcome at F.I.T.