Stability and Mobility

Categories: Blog, Press RESET, Pressing RESET, Stability, Injury, Recovery Oct 31, 2022

We basically have two types of muscles that support our skeleton and allow us to do all the wonderful things a human body is designed to do. We have stabilizers and movers. These two types of muscles work TOGETHER to help us move beautifully and fluidly through our lives. At least, they should. 

Stability and mobility are two sides of the same coin. They are both an expression of our nervous system. If stability is lacking, mobility is lacking. If stability is present, mobility is present. They are a package deal. They are built together, and they are expressed together through how we move. Stability and mobility are the union of our movement, and they are expressed beautifully with the partnership of our stabilizing and moving muscles. 

Unless something happens to disrupt that partnership. 

Trauma, neglect, fear, and stress - can disrupt the partnership. When this happens, compensations take place, and roles can get reversed. For example, imagine that a joint stabilizer is no longer functioning properly (like a shoulder rotator cuff). If this were to happen, the joint would be less stable. In order to correct this, the brain may tell a mover (like the latissimus dorsi) to stabilize the shoulder. Now, what was a mover is being used as a stabilizer. The result is less mobility in the form of stiffness and reduced range of motion. 

The brain always has a backup plan. It even has backup plans for the backup plans. When a stabilizer is offline, the brain will recruit movers to stabilize the joint in need. Then the brain may try to recruit other movers in the area to help pick up the slack that the original mover can no longer cover. 

Sometimes, well after an injury has healed, these backup plans, and compensations, are still in effect. Just because an injury heals doesn’t mean that the stabilizers and movers return to their original roles. Sometimes, oftentimes, they have to be reintegrated, reinstalled, or reset back into their original primary roles. This should happen on its own through our natural movements, but most of us don’t participate in our natural movements often enough to reset our muscles back to their optimal roles. 

This is why Pressing RESET often with the Big 5 RESETS is so important. Breathing, moving the head, rolling, rocking, and crawling reinstate our stabilizers and movers back into their original roles. In other words, Pressing RESET restores the harmony and union of our stability and mobility so that we can beautifully move through our world and live our lives better. 

Press RESET every day.

If nothing else, Do This for 5 minutes every day:

  • Get on your hands and knees
  • Put your eyes and head level with the horizon and keep it there
  • Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and close your lips
  • Breathe into your belly
  • Rock your butt back towards your hips, then rock your weight forward over your hands
  • Rock back and forth in this manner
  • Don’t hold your breath

This is Pressing RESET on your nervous system and teaches all the stabilizers and movers of your major moving joints how to dance together as they were designed to do. And it also soothes the mind, emotions, and body; another example of the union is you. 

Anyway, be both stable and mobile. Move well and feel good. Reset yourself daily through movement. If you know someone not moving well, share this message with them.



Comments (5)

  1. Mark:
    Nov 01, 2022 at 06:14 AM

    As I recover from abdominal surgery I have been doing exactly this, not for 5 minutes yet. Doing the resets that I can, is keeping me sane.
    Also, who else read this whole post in Tims voice


    1. Tim Anderson:
      Nov 08, 2022 at 05:03 PM

      I’m glad you are recovering, Mark!

      And, one day, I may put out an audible book that is “read by the author.” Nothing like being able to listen to a whole book on a 30 minute commute!


  2. Vickie Yeingst:
    Nov 04, 2022 at 01:46 PM

    I continue to practice and promote these daily. After my stroke 2 years ago, I bounced back so fast as I was taught the power of RESETs! Thank you Tim for your vision! I use them even with my athletes today! Powerful stuff! You don’t have to tell me twice! I know they work!


    1. Tim Anderson:
      Nov 08, 2022 at 05:01 PM

      You are an inspiration, Vickie. Keep up the great work!


  3. Vickie Yeingst:
    Nov 08, 2022 at 05:22 PM

    Thanks Tim. I introduce RESETS to everyone, including stroke patients all the way to the Duke Club Tri Team. Making great progress! And it's helping my Pickleball game with my reactionary time! Whew! I love :Pickleball!


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