Mechanical imbalances develop as a response to everyday life. Often they will be completely asymptomatic and we develop compensations to accommodate them. In our youth this ability to tolerate imbalances and compensate for them is normally more than enough to stop the onset of pain and stiffness. However, as we age our “Reservoir of Compensation” reduces and we start to develop aches and pains because of these imbalances.
Modern lifestyles and sports that cause asymmetric loadings or are purely linear in their performance cause muscles to develop in a disproportionate way. This often distorts the skeleton, causing rotations, scoliosis and overloading of joints.
A programme of work and balancing exercises needs to be devised to allow a more balanced musculoskeletal system. Care must be taken when treating imbalances in sportsmen performing at a high level not to make them too symmetrical. An element of asymmetry must be maintained to ensure that they can still perform to their best without compromising their resilience and maintaining a good balance.
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