What many people don’t know or realize is that everyone has their little body tweaks- uneven shoulders due to a crooked spine, weaker muscles on one side of the body, poor hip flexibility. It isn’t until you go for a sports massage, a physio session, or start training intensively for an actively where you might start seeing the effects of these problems you have always had. Instead- why not figure out the problems now by visiting one of these professionals, then strengthen/stretch/build up those anatomical issues you are are experiencing problems with. Our bodies are only as efficient and strong as our weakest link- so let’s be sure to always work on those first! Remember- if there is an exercise you absolutely hate doing it’s probably because you suck at it! haha..so keep working on it! (Mine is definitely anything to do with the using your glute muscles, my body always prefers to let me hamstrings do all the work, hence the topic of this article).
Here’s the article today on this topic:
General Health Tip for August: Muscle Imbalances
A muscle imbalance is when one muscle or groups of muscles works harder then it should, while another group isn’t working hard enough. For example this could happen with your gluteus and your hamstrings, if your gluteus aren’t doing enough work your hamstrings will become overstressed, causing problems throughout the leg. It’s very important not to continue exercising in the same manner if you have developed repetitive pain in a certain part of your body. Never put off this pain as natural, have it checked out! Everyone has a muscle imbalance (or some issue) to some degree regardless of your level of fitness.
Many muscular imbalances can be fixed with stretching and strengthening, and very importantly; posture. If you walk without proper posture your body is pulling certain muscles out of line, and it is just a matter of time until a symptom appears. Here are some common muscle imbalance pains that perhaps you have been experiencing and putting them off as something else:
1) The piriformis muscle (in the glute region) can cause sciatic nerve pain in the hip due to lack of exercise sitting too long, poor posture, or strengthening one of the surrounding muscles rather than the piriformis.
2) IT band syndrome: Can be due to weak back or hip muscles.
3) Frozen shoulder: Can be due to trapezius muscle or rotator cuff imbalance.
4) Hip and back pain: The majority o f the sedentary population suffer from some form of hip or back pain due to weak and imbalanced muscles. Often those with weak abdominals allow the belly to protrude forward, which strains the lower back. Strengthening the abdominals and the back muscles simultaneously, while focusing on walking tall with the shoulders rolled back can help to make minor improvements in posture.
To fix a muscle imbalance requires some rest, strengthening of the appropriate muscles, and stretching. Often a few visits to a physiotherapist will get you right back on track.