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Muscle Activation Techniques

As many people in their thirties, forties, and beyond are aware, as we get older, our bodies start to let us know about pain in much more consistent ways. Chronic muscle pain, for example, begins to emerge in much greater frequency as we get older. This is because our bodies are beginning to break down, and like anything that’s no longer brand new, we need to start to take care of them. If we think of our teenage bodies like a brand new car, our adult bodies are in need of a tune up - and frequently.

What is Muscle Activation Techniques?
Muscle Activation Techniques is a deep exploration of muscles and their interdependence upon one another by Greg Roskopf, who has studied the subject at great length.

What do we learn from Muscle Activation Techniques?
Some of the main points illuminated in Roskopf’s exploration are outlined below.

Muscle tightness is an indicator of overuse.
Our muscles don’t tire on their own, nor do they do so for no reason. The pain experienced by a tight muscle is responding to a message from the brain that the muscle is being worked too hard. A tight muscle isn’t a shortcoming on the part of the muscle, it’s the body’s way of going out of its way to prevent much greater damage -- damage, that is, that you wouldn’t know you were creating without the pain indicator.

We should listen to our bodies.
Though many feel that they should stretch a tight muscle to train it to not be tight anymore, what we should really be doing when a muscle is particularly tight is stopping to listen to our bodies. Why is the muscle so tight? Will working it more really help, or are we just going to make the problem worse? Evaluating what might be going on in an intellectual way rather than jumping to physical action might help you to really understand the messages that the body is sending you.

Lapses in symmetry are indicators.
Most humans are born with bodies that are for all intents and purposes symmetrical. The findings in Muscle Activation Techniques encourage professionals to look at the body for lapses in symmetry, and to examine whether those lapses in symmetry are what is creating chronic pain.

Changes or inconsistencies in the body’s symmetry can illuminate specific weak areas with regard to the muscle structure of the body, allowing specialists to identify and potentially correct major issues.

We should consult with specialists.
There are specialists who have made it their life’s work to study and treat bodies using the findings in Muscle Activation Techniques. The same way we go to the dentist for our teeth, we should be visiting muscle specialists for issues regarding our muscles. Though it seems like a no-brainer, many people do not do this and instead visit a general practitioner for muscle issues. A muscle specialist is the best possible resource for helping with muscle issues, and it’s highly recommended that anyone experiencing muscle issues see such a professional. ��

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