Flexibility vs Mobility

May 13, 2017

Flexibility and mobility are two terms that often get used interchangeably, but they are anything but one and the same. As the spheres of physical therapy and physical fitness come to a merging point in most recent history, it is important for leaders and experts of exercise to know the difference between these two terms and know how to appropriately apply the concepts. 


To understand the difference in mobility and flexibility, we must first define the term ‘range of motion.’ Range of motion, commonly abbreviated as ROM, is the full movement potential of a joint, or it’s total possible range of flexion and extension. ROM can be tested and measured by degrees of movement surrounding a specific joint or body part.