Range of Motion is a term normally used in weightlifting and biomedical contexts. It represents the measurement of the maximum distance that can be covered between the flexed and extended positions of any muscle group or a particular joint. (A joint is the place where two different bones come together – such as the elbow, the knee, etc.) The effort made to improve the distance between the flexion to extension is often termed as ‘range of motion’ exercises. In short, the range of motion represents the distance created by the flexion and extension movement of any particular joint.
How Do You Measure Range Of Motion
There are two levels of range of motion, depending upon the degree of resistance, which that particular muscle group or joint displays:
When are Range of Motion Exercises Prescribed
The range of motion exercises are prescribed for, (i) medical reasons – when there is pronounced reduction of normal range of movement, and (ii) the training of athletes – when such exercises are used to increase flexibility, strength and endurance of the joint.
What Are the Range of Motion Exercises
The range of motion exercises are either prescribed by the doctor for people who suffer from debilitating diseases such as arthritis, or by professional trainers for improving the performance ability of an athlete. The range of motion (ROM) exercises generally involves gentle stretching exercises, which prompt the joint to move and thereby improve its flexibility. These exercises need to be done on a daily basis to keep the joints from growing stiff and to prevent deformities. The ROM exercises bear special significance for people suffering from arthritis since these people would be afraid to move their joints for the pain and discomfort this creates.
Contrary to the popular belief that people can cover full range of motion of their joints through their daily chores, this is not what happens in reality. It does not matter how intense your daily activities, ROM exercises cannot be substituted with housework, or farm chores.
The ROM Exercises for Athletes
The ROM exercises for athletes are much different from those prescribed for arthritis or physical therapy patients. These involve exercises that are meant to increase the strength and flexibility of the muscle/joint so the performance of the athlete results in maximization of his/her output.
There are two types of exercises in this category, which aims to increase the strength of the muscle to support the joint better and hence enable the athlete to move faster, better and with more power, without any pain or discomfort.
How to Get the Best Results from Your Rom Exercise Routine
The ROM exercises are critical for the training regimen of most athletes. These exercises are best done under the supervision and guidance of professionals, i.e. either qualified physiotherapists or qualified personal trainers. In order to get the best out of the range of motion exercises you should remember the following points: