Why Good Range of Motion Is So Important

A joint’s full range of motion makes it possible to raise your arm enough to get items from a high shelf, turn your neck when crossing the street, or walk without limping. If you have a joint restriction and ignore the slight pain, you may eventually be faced with a “use it or lose it” situation. Poor range of motion could become a chronic problem, especially if scar tissue forms around a joint.

Without a full range of motion, you may struggle to do many everyday things, from bending to pick up a dropped pen, swinging a golf club, and getting up from a chair. Other muscles and joints must handle the load when one joint loses flexibility, leading to balance problems and an increased risk of injury.

Diagnosing Your Problem and Creating a Treatment Plan

Dr. Jeff Snyder understands how range of motion problems have full-body implications and offers treatments to improve flexibility and joint movement. Whether your issue is due to an injury, bad posture, surgery, muscle spasms, a partial dislocation, or another cause, chiropractic care at Snyder Family Chiropractic offers an effective treatment option.

During a visit to our office located in Phoenixville PA, Dr. Snyder will assess these three types of movement.  Active range of motion measures how well you can move your joint independently. Passive movement measures the range of motion when your chiropractor moves your joint.  Active assistance measures joint movement when your active movement is combined with the aid of someone else or a device, such as a resistance band.

Your visit may also involve aa referral for X-rays and other tests that help Dr. Snyder determine the cause and extent of your movement problems. The range-of-motion evaluation and tests help the doctor provide a diagnosis and create a treatment plan.

Treating Range of Motion Problems with Manipulation Therapy

Dr. Snyder may recommend spinal adjustments if vertebral subluxations are responsible for your range of motion problem. Subluxations happen when one or more vertebrae in your spine become misaligned, which places pressure on related spinal nerves.

During spinal adjustments, Dr. Jeff Snyder realigns your vertebrae by applying specific pressure to your spine. The treatment improves the range of motion, reduces inflammation and stiffness, and eases pain. When your vertebrae are correctly aligned, tension on muscles and soft tissues decreases, improving your range of motion.

You may notice an improvement after one session with the chiropractor. However, you may need to schedule a series of appointments to address the underlying cause of the misalignments, one of which is the recoil of the supportive ligaments around the spinal joints.

Joint manipulation, another chiropractic therapy, may be helpful if you have restricted range of motion in the knees, shoulders, elbows, or hips. This therapy involves gently motioning the joint to improve its alignment and extend its range of motion. Other therapies, including ultrasound or electrotherapy may also be part of your treatment plan.


Exercise is an integral part of your chiropractic treatment plan. Performing the exercises your chiropractor recommends supports your treatment and keeps your tissues strong and flexible. A 2009 research study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine compared the effects of spinal adjustments with stretching to stretching exercises alone in two groups of golfers. Full-swing performance was improved in golfers in the spinal adjustments and exercise group after four chiropractic sessions. Golfers who only performed exercises didn’t show any improvements in their swings.

Are your joints or spine stiff, tight, and painful? Chiropractic treatment can ease your pain and improve your range of motion. TEXT or call Snyder Family Chiropractic at 610-935-5900 to schedule your appointment.


Journal of Chiropractic Medicine: Effect of Spinal Manipulative Therapy with Stretching Compared with Stretching Alone on Full-Swing Performance of Golf Players: A Randomized Pilot Trial, 12/2009

Arthritis Foundation: Chiropractic Care for Arthritis

American Chiropractic Association: Neck Pain

UC Davis Health: Flexibility

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