When muscles are in balance the human body moves efficiently, requiring less energy and preventing unnecessary stress on the muscles, nerves, ligaments and joints.
For every muscle and its action there is another muscle providing the opposite action. For example, the biceps muscle on the front of the upper arm flexes the elbow. The triceps on the back of the arm extends the elbow.
Muscles can become weak, tight or overactive due to various stresses at work, sport or from injury. Once this imbalance occurs then extra demands are placed on the surrounding muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. This in turn can cause overloading in other areas of the body, causing stress and eventually pain and injury far from the original site.
An example of this is weakness in some of the muscles around the hips, which in turn cause stress on tissues at the knees and ankles. This can lead to knee pain, ankle pain, shin pain, foot pain and achilles tendon injuries due to the overloading of these tissues. This is prevalent in runners where the tissues are constantly overloaded and the repetitive nature of running eventually causes breakdown in the tissue.
One of the major benefits of MedStrength training is that muscle imbalances can be corrected. This is why the MedStrength initial musculoskeletal assessment is critical, because it establishes any muscle imbalances prior to training, allowing an effective, safe, training regime to be prescribed.