"Mobility" and "stability" are closely related concepts. As we move, our body is in a continual balance between two driving factors; the mobility of our joints to function through a full range of motion, while simultaneously providing the necessary muscular and tissue stability surrounding those joints. If one or both of these components is not functioning correctly, that can develop into pain, injury or chronic issues. In a localized view, we have each joint that has an optimal range of motion; expanding that idea, we can consider a global movement pattern involving multiple joints through our entire body.
Movement patterns require motion through multiple joints and if any areas have restrictions and are unable to move through the required motion, that’s where pain and injury can ultimately begin.
Lacking mobility through a joint can lead to a multitude of issues on a local and global perspective; this can include our body forcing other joints to function through an excess amount of motion to make up the lost mobility, thus putting those joints in a compromised position, as well as creating abnormal tissue tensions surrounding that joint, potentially leading to issues involving associated tissues.
As we consider the stability component, our body requires stability in a localized perspective surrounding each joint, but we often are functioning in a global movement pattern and thus requiring stability through entire chains of joints through the entire body. Lacking stability through one joint in the entire chain can give rise to injuries not only at that one joint itself, but can affect and compromise joints and tissues up and down that active chain. As you begin to lose stability through one area, the other areas through that chain build tension, creating abnormal stressors and a variable of other potential issues.
It is important to not only address the joint and stability on a localized scale, but to expand that view into the connections and associations of all our joints and tissues through the entire system of our body and our movement patterns.