Muscle Imbalance & Massage
What is a Muscle Imbalance?
Another common term to define muscle imbalance is Body Asymmetry. To understand this, we must appreciate that our bones are considered the building blocks of our body, from there everything else attaches and anchors itself to the bones.
All muscles and fascia generally work in pairs to help assist each other and allow you to move fluently, which is crucial for appropriate posture and body function. As we move more and more during very early stages of life we begin to form habitual movements.
How Does Muscle Imbalance Occur?
Do you ever find yourself doing any of the following…?:
• Slouching at the office desk
• Swaying/leaning to one side when watching the TV
• Carrying bub on one hip whilst doing house chores
• Standing with all your body weight on one leg and usually locked
These are a very small number of habits which all contribute to muscle asymmetry. This in turn will result in muscle dominance, if not managed with exercise or massage therapy there is a high chance your “paired muscles” will no longer work in pairs. This is because one of the pairing muscles will dominate the other or become substantially stronger.
Who is most commonly affected by Muscle Imbalance?
Anyone and Everyone.
Office workers can become more susceptible to slouching and forward rounding of the shoulder, resulting in longer muscles through their mid back, but shortened and tight muscles through their chest.
Mums who carry their young one on the hip will generally have one side of their body stronger than the other to accommodate the weight and support needed to keep your child stable and secure whilst you complete your everyday tasks.
Tradies are commonly known for doing a lot of overhead especially electricians, plasterers and ceiling fixers. This explains why their upper body is much stronger than their lower body. Yet specific upper body muscles will dominate the pairing muscles and causing imbalances.
How does Massage Therapy Help with Muscle Asymmetry?
The basic principal for treating postural dysfunctions and imbalances, is to identify the “short Vs long” muscles, “weak Vs strong “muscles. The therapist will assist with stretching specific muscles and mobilising joints with suitable techniques. Massage can help to assist in muscle tone whilst your therapist is able to prescribe you with adequate exercises to encourage and maintain the positive changes.