Optimal muscle integrity = Optimal strength, speed and agility
Muscle integrity is a key component of sporting performance. It is, however, commonly compromised by:
- Trigger Points (knots)
- Fascial restrictions
- Strains and resulting scar tissue
When a muscle is compromised, it is weaker, shorter and often painful.
WHAT IS A TRIGGER POINT?
A trigger point is a sensitive point in a taught band of muscle. The particular muscle has been compromised, for example, through strain or overuse. This makes it difficult for the muscle to relax.
WHAT DO TRIGGER POINTS DO TO A MUSCLE?
- Cause pain and tenderness locally
- Weaken the muscle
- Prevent full lengthening of the muscle
- Can refer pain to other areas of the body
Trigger Point therapy in a massage session can immediately relieve pain at these sites and help to restore full function.
WHAT IS FASCIA AND FASCIAL RESTRICTION?
Fascia is connective tissue that is found throughout the body Myofascial (to do with muscles) restrictions occur in the body due to repetitive actions or increased need for structural support.
WHAT DO FASCIAL RESTRICTIONS DO TO THE BODY?
The body can feel stiff and detrimental changes in movement patterns and posture may occur. When the fascia around the muscle is stiff and tight, muscles are unable to do their jobs effectively. Myofascial release techniques performed in a massage session, can correct this.
WHAT IS A MUSCLE STRAIN?
A muscle strain is where some of the muscle fibres tear. There are different grades of strains, depending on how many of the muscle fibres tear. The body heals this area with scar tissue. Correct massage to this area can align the fibres, with the end result being a better functioning muscle.
Massage/Myotherapy is now available at Clifton Hill Physiotherapy with Liz on Tuesdays. Call 9486 1918 to make an appointment and get your muscles and fascia ready for winter sports!