What is Muscle Imbalance?
It occurs when one muscle is stronger than its opposing muscle. There are different types of muscle imbalances:
- Biceps/triceps muscle imbalances – this results in elbow injuries
- Quadriceps/hamstrings imbalances – this is more common in women and it results in knee injuries like anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Abdominal/erector spinae muscles imbalances – this results in back problems
- Rhomboids/pectoral muscles imbalances – this resulting in slouching that subsequently cause upper back pain
- Deltoid/latissimus dorsi muscle imbalances – thus results in rotator cuff tears
- Leg adductors/abductors muscle imbalances – this results in weak inner thigh muscle weakness that leads to medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears
- Plantaflexors/dorsiflexors muscle imbalances – this results in ankle injuries, common in dancers, runners and swimmers.
Can physiotherapy help people with muscle imbalances?
Yes. Physiotherapy is effective is preventing and treating muscle imbalances. Your Physiotherapist will assess you to identify the type of muscle imbalance you have and provide corresponding treatments to prevent and reduce your risk of imminent injuries.
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