Have you ever wondered what the difference between stretching and mobility is? These two words are often confused and sometimes used in the wrong settings. Stretching refers to the ability of your soft tissue to elongate to the maximum length possible. Mobility, on the other hand, can refer to various different things as it relates to ease of movement, part of which includes flexibility.
FIND OUT WHAT IS STRETCHING VS MOBILITY AND THEIR BENEFITS
IMPORTANT FOR MUSCULAR FITNESS
If you’re starting a new fitness regimen, and you’re hitting gym consistently, you’re going to need to apply both stretching and mobility into your daily life as a way to prevent injury and recover quicker from training sessions. Most people assume that if you’re feeling muscle tightness, a good stretch is all you need in order to relieve the tension.
And while stretching has a time and place in this matter, it should not be your first option.
Consistent training and physical stress can eventually lead to scar tissue building up on your joints and ligaments. Also, muscles can form “knots” which lead to even more tenseness.
Immediately applying stretching to these areas do very little to undo the scar tissue and knots. In fact, the added stress from the pulling motion of stretching could cause the problem areas to retract and tighten more. This is why mobility work such as myofascial release is ideal in situations like this.
A prime example would be to apply deep tissue massage or foam rolling to tight hips. This breaks up the scar tissue/knots and ultimately relieves the tension you’re feeling. Then and only then, should you begin gentle stretching to allow for more flexibility.
A myofascial release can be done using various tools such as rolling on a foam roller, lacrosse ball or rubber trigger balls. This learning the different techniques can not only help you prevent injury, but it can also save you from having to spend large amounts of money on costly physiotherapy sessions.