Muscle Balance, Not Just Strength, Is Vital To Health And Athletic Performance


At the same time trying to build a solid and stable foundation is undoubtedly a key component of personal health and athletic performance, the physiotherapist Chicago Hatice Yavuz warned that only focusing on muscle strength can make a person more vulnerable over time.

“To achieve optimal balance of muscles, not only strength, but also improved athletic performance and prevention of long-term injuries it is essential,” Yavuz, head of physical therapy physiotherapy at the Chicago Loop said. “Unfortunately, we see that many well-meaning people tend to work too much, abuse certain muscle groups, while others are ignored, which can cause physical imbalances.”

According to Yavuz, all daily movements and functions require a balance between the muscle groups (strength, tone and length) around a particular joint of the body. These muscles are considered “balanced” when they provide the same level of strength and tension around the muscles of the joint.

However, when the muscles are tense, stronger or will have more strain on the joints, the “opposite” muscles (ie, the hamstring muscles around the knee joints, in four times the muscles are weak), the extra tension can increase the joints tension. Natural movements and damage.

“We not only see these muscle imbalances in the gym, we can easily point this out in any office environment,” Yavuz said. “Poor postures in the workplace, such as lazy back and shoulders, are often caused by muscle imbalances, where the forehead muscles, such as the chest and abdomen, are stronger and more restrictive than the back and shoulders, naturally pulling our body forward.”

This imbalance can cause pain in the back, neck and shoulders. In the long run, he said that Yavuz’s discomfort, pain and injury resulted in an unbalanced posture and mitigation that could exacerbate the problem and even cause deterioration. It can even lead to the use of drugs to relieve pain for a long time.

Common diseases due to muscle imbalance include back pain, shoulder impact, rotator cuff inflammation, headache, neck pain, knee joint, tendonitis hip flexor, hamstring, IT band syndrome and many other lesions related to exercise and exercise .

good news? Yavuz says it is possible to assess muscle imbalances and provide strategies with individual to improve and eliminate these imbalances, strategies that not only cure the symptoms, but focus on the root causes of pain and injury.

“Physicians can provide experienced muscle imbalances or functional motion pictures that allow us to accurately identify when a person’s strengths, weaknesses and possible abnormalities lie,” Yavuz said. “From there, we can correct many problems long before the injury occurs.”