Thursday, August 16, 2007

(Post # 3) Physical Dysfunctions

It is crucial to identify the different types of physical dysfunctions so we don't make common mistakes such as stretching an unstable joint when the right strategy is to stabilize, or strengthen a restricted part when the right strategy is to mobilize or stretch.

Here are the four main different types of physical dysfunctions:

Instability : The inability to control a neutral position of joints or body parts during movement, therefore causing pain and dysfunction.

Displacement: Joint, spinal disc and meniscus displacement can cause disturbances in normal resting position, obstruct movement in the direction of the displacement and cause pain by compressing and/or stressing nerve tissues.

Restriction: Lack of range of motion caused by dysfunctional joints, muscles and nerve tissue.

Weakness: Neuromuscular dysfunction that is caused by lack of use, inactivity or injury.