Range of Motion
The Basics/Passive Range of Motion
When using range of motion therapeutically, it helps to maintain joint health. Synovial fluid in the joint is used to help lubricate the joint when range of motion is reduced, this becomes thicker and therefore is not able to lubricate the joint as effectively. Performing range of motion allows water inside the joint to be able to get to the fluid to be able to keep its fluidity. This reduces damage to the inside of the joint, and allows the joint to improve or maintain its movement.
Active Range of Motion
Active range of motion particularly helps to delay damage to the inside of the joint as the movement is less concentrated to one area and therefore gets less worn down. This is because the animal is doing it more regularly and it is more likely to become a positive healthy habit!