Mobility Analysis

What is Mobility Analysis ?

Sedentary jobs and a comfortable life make us lose both mobility and strength. 

The body design is for movement and when we get confined to a room or even a chair, both mobility and in reduce of strength. 

As reserves of body is excellent, we do manage till 60 but after that we see difficulty in even the day-to-day activities. 

Loss of muscle is called sarcopenia and it will start at the age of 40. Unless we are aware and work towards avoiding it, this problem will progress. Gaining lost muscle, freedom in movement, and bone is difficult. We need to prevent the deterioration. The idea of 10k steps will help, but it is not enough. It is about maintaining strength and mobility. 

It’s here that the concept of mobility analysis comes to place, it’s a battery of tests of movement to understand strength, symmetry, and stability and to grade it. After we grade or score a person’s individual deficits, we can then systematically work to address them. 

It’s like giving a test and seeing where the weakness of a student lies and then working on the weakness. It is possible only if the person involved first becomes self-aware and then wants to rectify it. 

MA identifies the deficit and works towards Correction. 

Benefits are long-term wellness. 

What is it helpful for?

It is helpful to know why a person is getting in pain. let us take back pain. What are the factors that lead to it? Like many years of unchecked high cholesterol increases the chance of a heart attack, we know it is mobility and strength issues that lead to back pain. 

So many corrective physical and movement issues exist that someone interested in improving can very easily come out rather than making these issues chronic. 

While doing mobility analysis for a person who had one or many episodes of back pain, we identify the risk factors and correct them individually or guide people to work on themselves. 

Most knee pain, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, pelvic pain, ankle, and heel pain have their origin in some ignored movement or strength issue. It has to be treated before it becomes a recurrent disturbing pain. 

Who can / should undergo MA?

Firstly, Children above 14 years of age, if interested in sports, should know where the weakness lies, so that those correctives are included in their training and do not end up with imbalance and injuries. 

Secondly, any person above 20-25 years who starts getting ready to join a gymnasium for the first time or anyone with any joint pains of unknown origin. 

How will taking up MA impact my 'Quality of life' ?

The quality of life is multifactorial. One part of it lies in physical health and the ability to move with grace and poise. 

Doing a mobility analysis will not change QOL drastically, but if u understand your own mobility deficits and strength deficits and are ready to step out of your comfort zone to start doing mobility corrective activities/exercises, you will surely improve agility, strength, and balance. Thus, leading to a better feeling of self. 

What are the 'Preventive' aspects of MA and what are the associated long-term benefits?

Mobility analysis is all about long-term wellness. It is beneficial only to those who want to keep muscles and joints strong and balanced and want to be active for the rest of their lives. Just like pension plans, maintaining strength and mobility is far more important to enjoy senior years. I just need to know what the deficits are, correct them, and then maintain them.

What are the curative aspects of MA?

While doing a mobility analysis, we also check muscle mass, fat content, and various other parameters along with strength, balance, and movement patterns.  

If aches and pains like back and neck pain or knee pain patients are analyzed, and if they come early, all these troubles can be stopped from progressing, or at least the patient feels problem-free.

Will MA and it's followed up corrective therapy help me delay / avoid undergoing replacement surgeries?

Knee replacement in India is the commonest. And 70 percent of that are females. The actual problem would have started 30 years prior to the replacement of the knee.  

If mobility analysis is performed early and people are self-aware and disciplined, the knee or any joint replacement can be avoided or delayed. 

Even if it is late, Strength maintenance helps to enjoy a pain-free life after joint replacement. Those undergoing replacement without strength training neither enjoy the relief nor enjoy the freedom of movement it offers. And without strength and balance people tend to fall and create complications in their senior years. 

In fact, it should be like this, the day someone gets knee discomfort analyze yourself, starting strength and balance training. Benefits will be 2-fold, it will delay the replacement surgery and enjoy the pain-free movement offered by the surgery.  

Knee replacement results depend on the patient’s strength balance and attitude towards the need to move and walk.  

Which is the intended segment of population who can benefit from MA?

Any person who wants to start exercising, anyone whose age is above 15, can get his/her mobility analysis done. 

Any person with strength deficits can get the mobility analysis and start specific corrective therapies.

My son/daughter plays, or intends to take up a particular sports discipline, how does MA be helpful for him/her?

Any child intending to choose sports seriously should undergo mobility analysis. Doing mobility analysis will record their baseline. 

Coaches and trainers can be given the data to spend 5-10 min specifically on the aforementioned deficits and keep correcting them. 

Sports injuries do not come suddenly, they come from deficits that are either not noticed or ignored. 

I, being associated with various high-level athletes, am often worried at the extent of deficit young promising athletes bring with them at the Jr National level.

As a working professional with a sedentary job profile how does MA improve my productivity + agility + energy levels?

Sedentary jobs are the reason for poor bone and muscular health conditions. Maintenance of mobility will help in every way to look at life in a balanced way. 

Health is an especially important aspect of happiness.

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