How mobile are you?

Today we are asking – how mobile are you? It is important that we all stay aware of any changes in the way we move before it becomes a problem.

Pain is often a later symptom of an issue or injury. Initial symptoms often show as problems with mobility. This could be struggling to get up out of a chair or off the floor. Difficulty turning to check your blind spot when driving. Or struggling to put your shoes and socks on. Most of us find a way to compensate and ignore the issue, this might be wearing slip-on shoes or using the reversing camera instead of turning our head.

So why do something about mobility before it becomes painful?

A recent survey found

  • One in ten Australians claim their pain hindered their ability to play with their children
  • One in ten indicated impacts on their intimate relationships
  • One in twenty realised their persistent pain resulted in increased friction with their partner

Mobility Test

Neck Rotation – testing how far and evenly you can turn your head

Sitting down, keep your shoulders still and against the chair.

Turn your head all the way to the right to look over your shoulder. Repeat on the left.

How far did you get around? Was it even? Was it comfortable?

Did you cheat and tilt your head to be able to look further?

Side Bend – testing how far you can run your hand down the side of your body.

Stand with your feet comfortably apart.

Run your hand down the side of your leg so that you will side bend without leaning backwards or forwards. Get a friend to check your form.

Repeat on the other side.

Was it even? Was it comfortable?

Sit to stand – testing the ease that you can rise out of a chair with crossed arms

Sit on a dining chair or similar. Cross your arms over your chest.

Keeping your back straight and arms across your chest….stand up and then sit back down

Was this easy or hard?

Single leg stance – testing how well you balance on one leg

Stand upright with your feet together and hands on your hips.

Lift one foot off the ground. Do not allow your legs to touch. How long can you stand without moving?

Repeat on the other side.

You should be able to stand on one leg for at least 40sec if you are under 60years of age. Test to see if it is as easy with your eyes closed.


Did you find any of the exercises difficult?

Or do you have any other activities you are starting to have difficulties with? The team at Hands On Health Care Clinic would be happy to help. Book online or call 99493017 and make your appointment today.



Written by Georgina Smith B.Sc.Chiro, M.Chiro, Dip.Paed.Chiro

April 30, 2021
Georgina Smith