When you ask someone in the street to tell you what first comes to their mind when you mention the word “joint” (or if you do a Google image search for that matter), one of three things is likely to happen, usually in that order:
- They will start telling you about their habit
- They name a joint in the human body
- They say they are getting quite hungry all of a sudden
If they come up with a joint in the body, chances are they name one of the synovial joints. Most folks don’t know about cartilaginous or fibrous joints.
And for most of our work as body therapists we will concern ourselves with synovial joints too, they are the ones likely to move most.
Unless you work in professions that specialise in joints, like chiropractors, osteopaths, craniosacral therapists or similarn you will have most influence on syovial joints with your work.
Now let’s have a look as to how joint is defined:
“A joint is a place where two or more bones meet.”
End of story. Pretty short and simple really!
Let’s move on to the principle of complementarity of structure and function.