Mobility ≠ stretching

People perceive mobility in many different ways. So, what is mobility? Mobility refers to the independent range of motion of the joints of the body. Mobility is a physical property that encompasses the functionality of joints, and the elongation of the muscles and tissue surrounding these joints. There are several factors that affect mobility including, but not limited to; genetics, habits, hormones, neurological impacts, and demographics. Oftentimes, it as assumed that age impacts functional mobility, however, with the correct training, mobility can be maintained and further developed as one ages.

  “Mobility is a trainable trait that is a prerequisite for everything                 encompassing daily life and sports.”

Why can’t I find information on mobility?

Mobility is grey area in health and sports, and little research is available on its significance for functional capacity of the musculoskeletal system. This is because there has been no comprehensive nor quantitative measurement and data in the past. Measurements primarily focused on individual parts of the body, in which case the overall mobility of the body has not been measured. Often, these measurements have also been based off of visual assessment, or the results have not been purposefully documented. However, interest in mobility has now become popular, as it has been found that it has a significant impact on overall well-being and performance.

“TE3 is a pioneer in terms of measuring, analyzing, and training mobility. 6,000+ analyses developed by TE3 have already been conducted.”

How can mobility be developed?

Controlled movements increase the body’s larger trajectories when performed regularly. For example, muscular exercises can be performed with moderate loads or body weight so that mobility characteristics can further develop. for this reason, mobility is not equal to stretching, although it is often assumed so.

The concept behind TE3 Mobility is numerical measurement. This is done via the TE3 smart stick, in addition to personalized mobility programs with dynamic movements in order to ensure effectiveness and quicker results. At the same time, the body’s base of movement (i.e., stability) and the conduciveness of movement and the nervous system (i.e., motor skills) also develop.

Mobility is an evolving and maintainable feature that differs considerably from, for example, strength training. By practicing strength training, you can get results with 2-3 training sessions a week, but mobility develops best when you practice it daily. Mobility training can be compared, for example, to brushing your teeth to maintain their condition. Mobility training is critical in order to maintain physical performance and avoid future ailments.

TE3’s research and data analyses, as well as their cooperation in projects carried out by partner companies and universities, has found that even a mere 10 minutes of daily mobility training achieves significant results in the development of one’s physical mobility. Results are achieved regardless of age and background, whether catered towards a sedentary worker or an athlete, young or old. 

“We focus on the dynamic nature of mobility training, which includes mobility, flexibility, stability, and physical motor skills in order to encourage development between the interplay between movement and the nervous system.”

What are the benefits of mobility?

Mobility is the foundation of all movement and performance. In sports, it uses technology to enhance power performance, and for a sedentary worker, it allows for stable sitting and walking posture. Adequate body mobility also reduces the strain on the joints, as the load is more symmetrical and more evenly distributed. This in turn reduces risk of pain and injury. Good mobility also allows for wider trajectories with reduced muscle strain because there is less resistance from one’s own tissue. In other words, a lack of mobility slows down movement.

“Poor mobility can, for example, make it difficult to sit and increases the state of tension in the body.”

TE3 Oy

  • A pioneer in mobility measurement technology, analysis, and training
  • TE3-Intelligent Stick is a patented Finnish innovation that can be used to measure and practice mobility and develop motor skills
  • Founded in 2016, and digitized whole body mobility analyses in 2019
  • 6,000 analyses conducted by health and exercise professionals
  • Founded by Jarkko Kortelainen & Ari Laakkonen.

Written by: Mobility expert Jarkko Kortelainen

  • Physical Education Instructor
  • 16 years of experience in the development of the sports and wellness industry
  • 2006-2018 Founder Fustra (500,000 individual training hours sold)
  • 2011-2016 Founder World of Shape (45,000 online customers)
  • 2016-present: TE3 Oy Measurement and training of mobility
  • Coached professional Athletes for 16 years

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