We all do it, feel the effects of repetitive movements and holding patterns, yet we almost always blame it on that one movement where the injury became obvious or often debilitating. For Todays Athlete to function with precision and injury free, it is important that muscles are in balance with each other and that the bones are positioned as they should be. An imbalance in muscle strength will cause a shift in the optimal positioning of the bones causing ineffective and eventually painful movements.
It is important to remember, as muscles get stronger they get shorter, and to adequately strengthen a muscle you must first be able to lengthen it. Balanced stretching and strengthening should be at the forefront of any conditioning program, but how that will look is going to be different from person to person. As you become aware of your repetitive movements and holding patterns, you might find that your workouts are making your condition worse or in fact may be to blame for the disEase. If you find you are overly strong in some muscles groups, yet you continue to strengthen them you will only reinforce the imbalance. The same holds true with stretching, if you stretch a muscle that does not need to be stretched, the imbalance will only be reinforced. Read the rest of this entry