The two most common limitations to quality of life are:
#1 Mobility
#2 Strength

Strength Coach Dan John regularly speaks on this topic, and I have found it to have a profound impact on how I address movement limitations and rehabilitation with both patients and clients. The long and short of this is: if you aren’t able move, then you aren’t able to be strong.

Stated another way: if you don’t have full ranges of motion through the articulations (joints), then your strength will be dramatically limited to the confines of your said movement abilities.

So what does all of this mean? It means that you won’t truly find strength with limited mobility. It also means that in order to effectively maintain a standard of health and function, mobility plays an exponentially greater role than many of us think. And this role becomes more and more important as we age.


Many “experts” will state that mobility is simply the degree to which and articulation is allowed to move before being restricted by surrounding tissues.

My definition is:

The degree to which an articulation is able to move while maintaining CONTROL of the movement and the position (achieved by the coordinating actions of the surrounding tissues and neuromuscular system).

The systems created at BACKFIT are established with mobility playing the central role. I hope that you are able to use this information as a launching pad towards improved movement, improved mobility, and improved strength, thereby improving your quality of life.

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