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Enhancing Joint Flexibility with Eccentric Exercise: Relieving, Treating and Preventing Joint Pain


Physiotherapist in Burlington, Ontario Canada Javiar Diaz helping a patient with joint pain by performing exercises to help with joint mobility.

Introduction: Welcome to Pursuit Physiotherapy in Burlington, where we're committed to exploring innovative treatments for joint health. A fascinating study highlights the role of eccentric exercises in improving joint flexibility for adults. Let’s unpack what this means and how it can benefit you.


What Are Eccentric Exercises? Eccentric exercises are a type of strength training where muscles lengthen under tension, often referred to as "negative" or "lowering" movements. Imagine the controlled lowering phase of a bicep curl or going down stairs; these actions involve eccentric muscle contractions. This method is not only effective in building muscle strength but also plays a crucial role in enhancing joint flexibility and mobility.


Insights from the Study: The study, "Eccentric exercise improves joint flexibility in adults: A systematic review update and meta-analysis," revealed several key points:

  • Increased Joint Flexibility: Adults showed improved flexibility in their joints, measured by the range of motion, after engaging in eccentric exercises.

  • Broad Applications: This form of exercise benefits athletes, and also those with neurological and orthopedic conditions, by enhancing their range of motion.

  • Mechanisms at Work: The increase in flexibility may be due to changes in muscle and tissue properties, improved tolerance to stretching, and reduced involuntary muscle tension.


Why Eccentric Exercise Matters for Joint Pain: Joint pain can limit your daily activities and overall quality of life. Incorporating eccentric exercises into your routine can help manage this pain by improving the flexibility and strength of your joints. This is especially beneficial for those who may suffer from stiffness or limited joint movement.


Our Holistic Approach at Pursuit Physiotherapy: While the study underscores the benefits of eccentric exercises, we believe in a holistic treatment approach. At Pursuit Physiotherapy, we tailor our programs to meet your specific health needs, ensuring a balanced and effective treatment plan.


Conclusion: Eccentric exercises offer a promising avenue for improving joint flexibility and managing joint pain. At Pursuit Physiotherapy, we stay at the forefront of effective treatment methods to ensure the best care for our clients. If you’re looking to enhance your joint health or seek relief from joint pain, we’re here to help.


Discover the benefits of eccentric exercises and joint pain relief at Pursuit Physiotherapy in Burlington. Book an appointment or get in touch for personalized care tailored to your needs.

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