Precision in Movement is a fine Art, and when achieved, it will enable clients or patients to achieve long term results.
Exercises should be performed correctly in order to ensure the correct muscles are used and activated. Unfortunately for various reasons exercisers do not always perform a movement or exercise correctly and as a result the individual does not get maximum benefit from the exercise. According to Thompson (2014), when a muscle is in a constant eccentric state, in relation to its antagonist, it becomes inhibited in its concentric state. In order for the limb to move to the supposed agonists’ concentric state, synergists for the movement dominate the movement inhibiting the agonist even more both muscularly and neurologically. Correct exercise technique and form is essential to overcome this effect. Everyday actions that contribute to this effect includes:
- Sitting to standing; the gluteus maximus is required to work from an eccentric towards a concentric position to get us to into the normal standing position, the concentric activation of the muscle is very important as this is the natural movement that is required in order to facilitate a stabilized movement. However, most of the population rely on the use of their arms to get them to that daily standing position. This is a functional movement and therefore should be performed effectively.
- Gait; there should be a certain amount of effort exerted from the gluteus maximus in the gait cycle, especially on the heel phase of natural gait, and this should be continued through to a certain degree as the hip goes into extension. The gluteus maximus will aid in stability of the sacral region during gait as the gluteus medius maintains stability in the pelvis and hips and therefore the lumbar spine, avoiding the lateral flexion action that might occur should the gluteus medius not work sufficiently
(Thompson, 2014). However, the gluteus medius is often hypo-active and therefore the synergists are likely to become dominant i.e. Tensor Facia Latae. This could be a contraindication for the knee joint, should this compensation or altered stability pattern persist.
A strong mind-body connection during exercise training and the appropriate instruction, using very specific techniques, will positively influence the results achieved from an exercise. But this is far harder to achieve than most are aware of. Many professional sportsmen have a weak mind body connection and due to this, rehabilitation programs are compromised.
Ensuring the correct muscles are activated effectively and overcoming the above stated effect, the exerciser gains maximum benefit from the training leading to more effective long term results (Thompson, 2014).
The fundamental factor is PRECISION IN TRAINING….seeing is believing….This is not something that you can learn from a book. We need to use our sense of sight, hearing and touch in order to develop this skill of a mind-body connection or the mind-body connection of our clients or patients.
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That is the healthy truth!