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Range of motion is an important issue often addressed by chiropractors and physical therapists. However, for many athletes’ their methodical approach and limited environments leave these practitioners falling short of the results desired by clients who want an aggressive approach to the rehabilitation or injury prevention experience. Whether it’s knee, back or even from abdominal surgery, there is common tendency not to move the area and let nature heal it on its own. Though counterintuitive, this is often the last thing the patient should be doing.

Lack of movement through active ranges of motion will often cause minor injuries or recently repaired injuries to set up for extra pain and even more limitations. Clients need to stay motivated to get healthy again and that means get moving as soon as possible. Fear and pain get in the way, but an inactive joint will often encourage the formation of more inflammation, the breakdown of joint tissues, and even arthritis. It is our approach that movement is the most important variable in recovery and preventing further injury. The sooner an athlete can get moving, the sooner they can get back to their former routine of strength and health, and the active lifestyle they have become accustomed to.

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