What is the Rusty Door Hinge Theory Sioux City
I like to describe sore joints like a rusty door hinge. A healthy joint moves and rocks without any restriction or limitation, similar to a brand new door hinge. It does not tighten or stiffen up when sitting for a few hours, nor is it painful. Healthy joints move without any pain. On the other hand, a rusty door hinge is restricted and difficult to move. Rusty hinges do not move like new hinges and can be completely stuck or locked.
As a hinge begins to rust it becomes restricted and more difficult to move. It stiffens up when it has been sitting for too long. With a little consistent movement or rocking, the restriction disappears.
In a door hinge, rust continues to increase when the hinge is immobile. Rust damages the hinge and increased rust permanently destroys the hinge and its motion. We can break that rust with effort and repair, but we also need to prevent the hinge from rusting in the future.
A severely rusted door hinge does not want to move at all, it is stuck. For that hinge to move again we need to break the rust inside it. We can restore the normal motion and movement through several mechanisms.
- We can slowly rock the joint with controlled and gentle rocking motions. The rust is slowly broken with each movement. Eventually over time, normal movements can be established when the rust is broken.
- We could give the door several quick kicks to try break the rust. These quick kick motions are supplying a force into the door to break the rust quickly. If done correctly, these quick and controlled kicks can break the rust and restore movement inside the hinge.
- Finally, we can get a running start to forcefully and violently kick the door to break the rust. This excessive amount of force will break the rust, but it could potentially damage the door and all of the hinges, too.
Joints are very similar to rusty door hinges, in that joints can stiffen over time without movement. The longer the joint is immobile the more likely stiffness is to develop. Over time, this stiffness can lead to a “locked or stuck joint.” Arthritis damages the inside of the joint and permanently destroys the joint’s ability to move.
An injured joint will lock up and stiffen to protect itself. In therapy we work to reestablish normal motions and movements in the joints. We can slowly “rock these joints” and use controlled thrusts, stretches, and exercises to speed recovery. There are different adjusting techniques; Activator Technique, Thompson Drop Technique, and manual manipulation can be safely applied to increase joint motion.
After increasing joint motion, the second goal in therapy is to improve the other factors that stress the joint, including weakness, spasms, fascial restrictions, scar tissue, arthritis, and pain. These factors can be improved at different rates and speeds. When these factors are improved, less strain is placed upon the joints during their motions and movements.
Joints are designed to move and need to be kept in motion. When they lock up or freeze, therapies can improve joint recovery and enhance healing. When properly applied, joints can function normally with minimal risk of future injury. However just like damage to a rusty hinge, arthritic joints can never heal 100% and are more likely to be damaged in the future. It is always better to keep a joint moving, take care of problems in the early stages, and prevent severe damage from developing.