We love exercise, and in Sydney we are spoilt for options. At Muscle Medicine we encourage our clients to get active through exercise and daily movement. Everyone has an exercise of choice, I’m a fan of running, so I welcome new research that has found that running can make our muscles and tendons more efficient.
A new study from Liverpool’s John Moores University has found that people who regularly run long distances, can ‘substantially’ train their muscles and tendons to work more efficiently. Meaning the more long distance running you do, the less effort you will be using.
These findings will lend themselves to more activities than just running, but due to the simplicity of running, the study clearly highlights the need for good, consistent and steady training.
However, lots of people who run get injured (up to 70 percent3) and about 50 to 75 percent of those injuries are due to overuse, so we’re at a bit of a catch 22.
Why do we injure ourselves, no matter how fit we are? We are all uneven, we lean to one side, we twist, have one leg stronger, or longer, one foot more pronated and our repetitive lifestyle adds to the problem. So when we run, (or do other sports) we favour our stronger muscles, we twist and we lean and we keep doing it until boom, disaster strikes.
So what can soft tissue work do to help? We conduct a body scan to identify your imbalances and work with you to change your posture and movement (bad) habits before they become a problem. We look at your how you stand and sit, your movement planes and discuss your sensations both on and off the table. We evaluate the feel and reaction of your muscles and soft tissues and we assess all the different ways your muscles and connecting tissues are interacting with each other.
We will encourage your tissue to rehydrate, to let go, or to turn on, but most importantly we make you aware so that you understand your posture and identify your daily habits - the good and the bad.
We will often advise you to change your habits, give you some corrective exercises or see a movement specialist. We work with some fantastic personal trainers and functional movement trainers who get you moving through all planes, in order to keep you moving in your chosen sport!
After all, prevention is better than cure.
2. The Conversation, Feb 2017