The term “muscle imbalance” refers to a condition in the body that is present when opposing muscles are out of balance with one another in terms of strength, length and/or tension. Opposing muscles are those that perform opposite functions. They may oppose one another spatially left-to-right or front-to-back. For example, quadriceps are responsible for extending the knee and the hamstring is responsible for flexing it. One is on the front of the thigh, and the other, the back.
When opposing muscle groups are imbalanced, one group is tighter and shorter than the other, which is elongated and lax. Imbalances can cause pain both directly and indirectly. The muscle that is shorter and tighter is chronically tense; muscle memory has trained it to stay in its shortened position. Tense muscles can develop knots called trigger points that cause localized and referred pain. The weaker muscle is prone to strain. !
A typical example
If you have noticed that when performing a parallel turn whilst skiing, you turn with greater ease to one side as opposed to the other…..you have a biomechanical dysfunction .
Preparation beats recuperation
A biomechanical assessment is a great place to start
A unique biomechanical profile, which can be used both short and long-term in the treatment and prevention of repetitive injuries.
The results of your assessments,, can potentially have a big impact on your lifestyle and your winter sports by preventing long-term destructive changes associated with biomechanical dysfunction.
A bespoke programme dedicated to correcting the’ imbalances’ found in your biomechanical assessment, and progressing towards the ‘balanced’ body required for good functional fitness.