Ultimate Guide to Structural Mobility 2019

seeing our structure as a reflection of our environment

What is Structural Mobility?

The body is made up of nerves, neurological structures, bones, tendons, muscles and ligaments which all work together to create movement and this is structural mobility. It helps to break down each part of the body so there is understanding on how much mobility affects our structure, or body alignment, and in which directions modern living is moving us. See your structural mobility as a reflection of your environment and choices made within it.

Why is Structural Mobility Important

Whether we realize it or not, our body needs to function properly if we want to retain our abilities to perform activities we love throughout the entirety of our lives. With structural mobility, people can sustain their habits of exercise, movement and lifestyle related activities.

Consequences of Lacking Structural Mobility

Without structural mobility, there are restrictions we place on ourselves and this is sad because it usually is mental, but stemming from our physical body.

Our Blueprint for Life Long Structural Mobility 

We all have short term goals, but this joint by joint structural mobility brain dump is meant to be acknowledged as a brain dump will serve as a long term “longevity activation blueprint”.

Why am I Qualified to Guide Your Quest for Structural Mobility

This post is written through the lens of an Oakland based Chiropractor who has studied movement as an athlete growing up, in college, graduate school and clinically as a personal trainer, group class instructor and Doctor of Chiropractic. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment in the box at the bottom.

putting together pieces of the puzzle for structural mobility
person with structural mobility

"Sustainable form and function is only created through diligent practice, calculated regimen changes for balanced variability and consistency throughout the rest of your life."

Mindset to Develop Structural Mobility

Focus and Concentration. See the Opportunities to Practice Movement Everywhere

Every day there are opportunities in the smallest tasks to bring your structure into better alignment with gravity. 

  • Brushing teeth
  • Commuting to work
  • Sitting at computer
  • Stretch breaks
  • Sitting on a couch
  • Walking
  • Texting
  • Cooking

You get the point. Stay present and conscious with yourself and you will have plenty of chances to practice structural mobility.

Developing Structural Mobility for Life

Sustain your focus on structural mobility by maintaining a connection to the big three:  

  • Spinal mobility 
  • Foot Mobility
  • Hip Mobility 

Strategies for Structural Mobility in the Spine

There are simple ways to sustain spinal health and long term structural mobility

Practicing spine hygiene for structural mobility

Minimum requirements for structural mobility in the Spine: 

  • Move your neck, mid back and low back through full range of motion at least once every day
  • Practice spinal hygiene daily. Check out this video we made to help you learn how to do it. 

Additional Resources to Care for Structural Mobility of Your Spine

  • www.foundationtraining.com
  • youtube channel called "strength side"

Structural Mobility for the Hip

  • Take your hips through their full range of motion by focusing on hip extension and internal rotation since sitting places the hips in a externally rotated and flexed position for long periods of time.
  • Deep squatting is something many movement professionals have referenced for good hip structure mobility. Great video by Tom Merrick here

Resources for hip structural mobility

Chiropractor holding chiropractic table promoting structural mobility

Dr. Ben Glass

Using movement science and strategy, we have developed an advantage plan, or skill building trajectory to counter the movement patterns and postures that we see to be overused in modern society. Building out mental capacity to unlearn our cultural conditioning through intentional posture practices is no easy task, but nothing worthwhile is. 

Strategies to Promote Foot Structural Mobility

  • Wear toe socks - Increase sensation and proprioception in the bottom of the feet and in between the toes
  • Wear minimalist shoes to minimize the separation between the foot and ground
  • Self massage of the feet daily
  • Get your feet adjusted by a chiropractor 

Additional Resources for Structural Mobility of the Foot

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