The effectiveness of a two-week joint mobility routine

 

Can a daily joint mobility routine affect body mobility in just two weeks? Henri Henell, a physiotherapist and TE3 Master Trainer in Norway did a mini-study with his clients.

Sample

6 clients
Age: from 41 to 63
Gender: 4 women, 2 men
Background: diverse musculoskeletal disorders including problems with neck, shoulders, hips, back, knees & heels

Method

  • Daily joint mobility routine based on Joint Mobility written by Henri Henell
  • Monitoring results with TE3 Mobility Analysis every two weeks
Joint Mobility Henri Henell

Results

Pain

Based on the participants’ subjective opinions, everyone felt their pain had decreased. Their pain was evaluated with the TE3 pain chart, where pain is charted from scale 0 to 10 (0 = painless, 10 = the worst pain possible).

The pain charts indicated, that two clients’ total pain had increased, but switched areas. One is explained by the participant lifting a heavy object that caused an additional symptom and the other by the original pain decreasing and revealing a new symptom. One of the participants’ pain remained the same and three of the participants’ pains decreased.

On average, pain decreased 37% .

Pain points BEFORE (based on participants' average results)
Pain points AFTER (based on participants' average results)

Stiffness

Stiffness was evaluated with the TE3 stiffness chart, where stiffness is charted from scale 0 to 10 (0 = no stiffness at all, 10 = the worst stiffness possible).

The stiffness charts indicated, that stiffness had increased with two of the clients and decreased with four of the clients.

On average, stiffness decreased 33% .

Stiffness points BEFORE (based on participants' average results)
Stiffness points AFTER (based on participants' average results)

Mobility

All in all, the participants’ mobility improved 29%. During the time of the first analysis, 39% of the measurements were on the target zone, and during the second, the percentage had increased to 68%.

On average, the participants’ side differences decreased 17%.

Hypermobility had disappeared.

Results of TE3 Mobility Analysis BEFORE (based on participants' average results)
Results of TE3 Mobility Analysis BEFORE (based on participants' average results)

Conclusion

Based on this short field test, we can say that a daily joint mobility routine improves body mobility and decreases pain and stiffness.

I can simply say that improving body mobility requires movement – preferably daily”. sums Henri Henell.

The participants considered this experiment useful, because the TE3 Mobility Analysis gave them clear results on body mobility. Also, the joint mobility routine didn’t take too much time or require additional equipment.

Henri is planning to take remeasurements after 5 months to follow progress on a longer time period.

“For me, this experiment verified the importance of joint mobility – how one small routine affects your health. The TE3 Mobility Analysis enhances my professional skills, because now I see it even more important to offer my clients objective results about their bodies' situations.”

Henri Henell

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