Flexibility refers to how far and how easily you can move your joints. Activities that help keep your muscles relaxed and your joints mobile help maintain flexibility. Try to include daily bending, stretching and reaching to move your joints through their full range of motion. A functional range of motion in all joints allows you to manage daily activities without discomfort and strain.
Regular flexibility activities can lead to:
- Better functioning in everyday tasks
- More independent living
- Improved posture
- Reduced muscle stiffness and soreness
- Less stress and tension
- Less risk of injury
(from Act Now BC)
The range of motion in the arms, fingers and neck helps when wheeling, reaching, stretching and performing other basic physical activities. The strain on the joints of the arm and shoulder can be significant so if the muscles that support them are loose and strong, injuries will be less common.