Science Behind Floppy Weak and Stiff Weak Muscles – Part 2

Hopefully now you understand at the basic level how a muscle works optimally.

Scott will discuss what happens at the level of the sarcomere when muscles get adaptations, after:

  • sitting for long periods day after day
  • doing the same small repetitive tasks
  • using our body the same ways day in day out

Think of yourself going to play tennis:

  • you hit a sweet overhead shot reaching your arm all the way back
  • you are feeling confident even though you thought your shoulders were too tight to do it
  • however, if we freeze the video your ‘coach’ or ‘mum’ has taken (surprise) – we notice…
  • your arm does not go above your shoulder at all
  • when you hit the ball your thoracic has compensated for a lack of shoulder movement
  • long story short – you hit the ball, but had to thrust your ribs up, shearing the ligaments and compressing the discs in your spine
  • your shoulders have adapted to ‘professional’ computering, and aren’t fit for tennis at all