Have you ever caught yourself crushing a squat workout when the pinch in your hip or shoulder halts your progress? That pinch is a mobility restriction. These restrictions can hinder your athletic performance, affecting your movement in and out of the gym. Worse, pinching and restriction can lead to pain and even an injury.
A daily routine of Controlled Articular Rotation (CAR) exercises may be just what you need to recover and prevent pinching pain in the joints.
What a CAR?
CARs are the active, rotational movements at the outer limits of an articular motion. Doing CAR exercises, like doing five hip circles each morning, can help strengthen your joints and improve mobility at the joint’s outer limits. Stick to it, and you can improve the neurological control in the outer ranges of the specific joint.
Doing CARs regularly can get you:
- Stronger, healthier joints
- Increased stability of the joints
- Better control of the joints for lower risk of injury
- Maintenance of the health and longevity of the joints
If you’re injured – and your doctor gives you the green light for this exercise – it can help:
- Restore joints controllable motion and
- Increase passive strength and stability
Why does joint health matter?
When your joints are healthy, they can adjust quickly and efficiently to the demands you put on them. Take the clean and jerk, for example. A healthy glenohumeral joint (shoulder socket) that has full range of motion with great control and stability will be able to withstand the quick explosive motion, which improves your results. Each time you perform a clean and jerk, there slight variations to the movement path, and your joints are prepped to handle it.
A healthy stable joint performs its full range if motion, and is able to adapt to the slightly varied movement paths. The added bonus? Injury prevention.
Check out the video on how to do a daily morning CARs routine that only takes anywhere from five to ten minutes. You won't regret having injury proof joints.