Muscle Imbalances

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What Causes Muscle Imbalances? 
Muscle imbalances occur when one muscle is weak or under used, and it creates dysfunction in the kinetic chain causing the wrong parts to work harder. When you have a muscle imbalance, the prime mover (targeted muscle group) is unable to perform its proper function causing the synergist (assists the prime mover in its function) to take over and do all of the work. Kinetic chain dysfunctions can cause tearing of the muscle’s soft tissue which causes inflammation. Common mistakes that people make during exercise is repetitive movements or motions that create pattern overloads. Exercises such as running, swimming, biking, weight training, and playing sports can cause such dysfunctions. Sitting or standing all day and a lack of variety may also lead to kinetic chain dysfunctions. The exercises mentioned above are okay to do, but it is very important to exercise the muscle groups that become neglected to prevent overuse injuries. Back pain, shoulder impingement, and knee pain are all associated with these imbalances.

Below are some causes of muscle imbalances:

  • Pattern overload
  • Repetitive movement
  • Lack of core strength
  • Joint dysfunction
  • Cumulative trauma (tissue trauma)
  • Lack of neuromuscular control
  • Postural Stress (sitting/standing all day)
  • Aging
  • Training the same movement patterns

If you are experiencing any type of muscular dysfunction, be sure to start a corrective exercise program. Long term dysfunction can lead to chronic pain and discomfort.

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