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Unsteady joints: the bigger picture

Unsteady joints need gentle attention, a slow even development of the surrounding connective tissue and muscle. Jumping into exercises around an unstable joint without careful assessment could lead to more instability and discomfort for the client/student.

First one has to assess as where the instability is coming from. To assume the entire joint is not stable due to contraction or laxity may be a mistake on the part of the therapist. Often we have instability of a joint because one side or muscle group is stronger, contracting with greater force than another muscle that is part of the stabilizing mechanism of that particular joint.

Increasing a bit more flexibility of the contracted or overly shortened muscle and increasing more strength in the opposing muscle may be more useful to create stability without reducing overall range of motion. It is also necessary to attend to structural issues and poor use of joints above and below the unstable joint of focus. It most likely will be, until what is above and below has been corrected or addressed, the joint in question will continue to lose stability and remain a tender topic.

lower body joint movement

lower body joint movement

Though introduced to yoga over 30 years ago, Martha has been teaching yoga since 2001. She received her 200 hour yoga training in 2003 and is now an E-RYT 500. Additional education: M.S. in Health Psychology, Integrative Health Coach and Mindful Awareness Meditation instructor (Duke Integrative Medicine), and over 800 hours of Yoga Therapy training. She has a school for 200 hour and beginning in the winter of 2014, a 300 hour advanced yoga certification which will award a cumulative 500 hour teacher training in compliance with Yoga Alliance. Martha's envisions yoga as a form of health, healing and well being for all people. Her students range from health professionals to yoga practitioners seeking a deeper understanding of the benefits of yoga. See all of our yoga classes.

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