What is Muscle Imbalance?
In your body, sets of muscles attach to a joint to give them stability and align your body in the most efficient manner. This is similar to riding a bike, where control and balance of your bike frame is provided by the correct synchronisation of the two handlebars.
When one side of opposing muscle is stronger than the other side, it leads to muscle imbalance. Suppose, if you are regularly using one side of muscle more than the other, it will become stronger- but shorter and tighter. On the other side, the opposing muscle will become weaker, longer and loose. This disproportion in strength of the muscles around the joint, leads to muscle imbalance and eventually, bad posture.
What causes Muscle Imbalance?
This imbalance can be a result of routine habits, like sitting slumped in front of your PC or maintaining bad posture while doing certain activities, leading to weakened muscle groups.
Certain facrtors which can contribute to and create muscle imbalance are:
- level of activity
- things done on a daily basis
- amount and type of exercise
- how you sit, stand and walk
It is seen that people who have a sedentary lifestyle or actively working out, are more prone to develop muscle imbalance.
What are the consequences of Muscle Imbalance?
Muscle imbalance is the root cause of many conditions, including:
- IT band syndrome
- SI joint syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Back pain.
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