<![CDATA[Joint Injury Massage Therapy 303-345-5767 - Blog]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:31:59 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Stretching Compromised Muscle]]>Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:43:41 GMThttp://jointinjurymassagetherapy.com/blog/stretching-compromised-muscle1PictureA Brief Stretch
This article is aimed at those that want to stretch compromised muscle. Who has compromised muscle? Well just about everyone. In our movementless society our muscles get stiff. Over the years our muscles get compromised.

The method I speak about are championed by Jim and Phil Wharton. They work with some of the top athletes in the world. Many of you will immediately point to yoga and say isn’t that stretching. Stay with me I’m not anti-yoga it is terrific exercise, but for many it does not restore the function they hope and in this material we will get into why.

The stretch reflex mechanism is responsible for protecting muscles from getting torn. There are nerves in muscle that monitor muscle stretch. After about three seconds of stretch the nerves give the cerebellum the message that the muscle is at risk of tearing and the muscle is contracted. Therefore when you hold the stretch for longer than three seconds the muscle is in contraction not stretching.

To get your muscles to actually stretch you need to stretch the muscle before the stretch reflex mechanism engages. Muscles are stretched passively, you stretch target muscles with the assist of other muscles. For instance:

Most of us are familiar with calf stretches; you stand on the edge of the step and drop your heels and then raise them back up. It is supposed to stretch your calf muscles. Strengthen your calfs yes, stretch them no. You drop your heels and then immediately engage the same muscle, up down, up down, you get nowhere.  Instead if you put one foot on completely on the step and put the other foot on the edge and drop that heel for 2 seconds while bending the other leg so that you can use that bent leg and perhaps your hand on the hand rail to bring the heal back to its neutral position. Then after 8 to 12 times you will actually stretch your calf.

The method is gentle, and very dynamic. This method is a highly productive massage tool which I use often in my injury massage. To learn how to stretch go to mrtherapy.com it has a stretch DVD (buy the rope w/DVD). This DVD is provides a simple format to learn a number of stretches that help you regain function. The video production has a bit to be desired but the information is golden. You can also go to Whartonhealth.com to learn more about this productive type of stretching.

There is also another method of stretching that incorporates the principles we spoke to you above and is responsible for the way you are presently flexible and inflexible; more about that in the next blog.

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<![CDATA[Understanding Joint Injuries]]>Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:37:50 GMThttp://jointinjurymassagetherapy.com/blog/understanding-joint-injuriesPicture
The better you understand the problem the easier it is to find the solution. 

The above statement rings true in properly rehabilitating a joint injury. The majority of people like to point to a single activity or incident that caused their injury. Rarely that is the case.  

For example a client has pain in their knee, they point to some lunges they did at the gym. Now the lunges may have exacerbated the problem but it is most likely not the cause. More often it is from a pattern of movement that they engage in every day. Now this bad pattern may have many causes. It could be from a posture they adopted from parents or peers. Minor injuries or continual under or over exertion can also create postural imbalance. Rolled ankles, having one hip higher or improper pelvic tilt will also incubate a joint injury.

This is why finding the pattern that is causing the problem will enable a successful solution to be enacted. This may require one or more practitioners and the new awareness of the client so they too can engage in the healing process.

When you understand the cause the next step is attending to the tight muscles above and below a joint injury they will most likely be tight. Muscles/tendons cross joints. The muscle below a joint attaches to the bones above and the muscle above attach to the bones below. The muscles create an X with the joint in the top middle. The tighter the lower legs of the X are the more compression is applied to the joint. Compression along with misalignment is the chief cause of joint pain and deterioration.  

When a joint’s inherent range is compromised then the muscles do not receive proper stimulation. The muscles thus tighten and the individual in is in a downward spiral.  Tight muscles cause joint compression and misalignment, the compressed misaligned joint causes more muscle tension.

The spiral can be reversed with proper attention by a practitioner and learning the proper stretching technique to relieve muscle tightness. Which brings me to my next blog that is: How to properly stretch compromised muscle.