When the body tissues are in balance, movement is efficient and less effort is expended during motion. Good muscle balance also means reduced risk of injury. Sporting activities, long periods of inactivity at work, lifting or even pregnancy places immense stress on muscles and joints. Some muscles may overdevelop (hypertrophy) as a result of such stress while others stretch and become weak (atrophy). In time the muscle or joint tissue becomes dysfunctional, which results in pain or structural injury.
Periodic and accurate muscle balance assessment helps to identify potential problems so that corrective treatment may be undertaken.
Accurate Assessment of Muscle Balance – Essential for Correct Treatment
Accurate muscle balance assessment is critical because it tells the physiotherapist where the cause of the injury is originating. Muscle balance assessments also help the physiotherapist determine why the damage is occurring, i.e. are you moving in a way that is exposing you to a risk of injury. Based on this, we offer the patient treatment and advice on how to prevent further damage and maintain good muscle and tissue health.
Detailed, Illustrated Program to Address Muscle Balance Issues
Physiotherapists follow up the muscle balance assessment with a detailed illustrated corrective exercise program to address the issues that have been identified. In some cases, patients will be able to carry out corrective exercise on their own. Where necessary, our physiotherapists will carry out manual therapy treatment to resolve abnormal movement which will facilitate the rehabilitation process.