We have all had muscular fatigue, when you simply cannot complete that final rep. Nothing left in the tank if you will. DOMS is again something that I am sure we are all familiar with, that ache you get the day after, or even the ‘day after, the day after’ you have worked out hard. It doesn’t necessarily stop you functioning and can even improve after further exercise. Muscular strain is a completely different kettle of fish. Yes there may be pain or ache but what is more pronounced is the lack of force that muscle of group of muscle or even more extreme the inability to contract that muscle at all. Lets take a quick look at how you can identify what is going on for you and how you can take the right approach to address each.
Not a day goes by in my clinic where I don’t see clients presenting with pain or injury which is caused by an imbalance in their body. Whether that be from sitting all day, repetitive daily activities or the demands of their sport. We work together to relieve the symptoms but with a longer term view to resolving the imbalance at the root cause. This is all well and good and generally with the right corrective exercise we can get them back to the best. Alas, there are a set of clients where the demands for their activity or sport will be one sided or imbalanced (think golfer, tennis player etc.) which means that as their activity level increases their problem will ultimately return.
How many of you have suffered from sprained ankles over the years? Now how many of you are now left with bouncy rolling ankles? Do you often ‘go over’ on your ankle, but bounce back up with no pain or sprain? But what if next time you ‘go over’ on your ankle you are not so lucky and fall on your knee or hip and injure another part of your body?
It amazes me how many people suffer from these unstable bouncy ankles including myself. Whether it be from frequent sprains, ligament damage, lack of rehabilitation at the time of the sprain or simply a lack of strength it is never too late to help improve the situation.