As most of my manual therapy colleagues know, getting a joint to end range is critical in understanding the problem and potentially providing a resolution. You don't always know what you will find there, but you always have to test it. Because if you don't, you don't really know what you are dealing with. And fear of taking the joint to the end range often will limit the recovery. It is the difference between good and great in some cases.
The same is true in life. You don't really know what you are made of until you are truly tested. And too often we are scared to push ourselves or try something new because we are scared. Scared that we can't do it. Scared that we will fail. Yet the fear may limit our ability to see the magic that can happen as we explore the end range. Sometimes end range happens on purpose, but often it doesn't. More often than not, it is, in fact, magical.
Special thanks to Richard Rosedale, PT, DPT for sharing this photo with me. I can't begin to thank the McKenzie Institute of America and Robin McKenzie for being brave enough to explore end range and teaching others about the "magic" of end range.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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