Almost every person I treat on a daily basis all have one thing in common, and that is muscle imbalances. We all have an imbalance to some degree, it just depends how long our body has been in an unbalanced state as to how much pain, tightness and discomfort we feel. Our bodies become unbalanced due to a variety of factors; poor posture, sitting or standing for long periods, injury, intense physical activity, etc.
What are muscle imbalances?
Basically, muscle imbalances occur when one muscle or muscle group is stronger than an opposing muscle or muscle group. For example, if you sit at a computer all day, then your shoulders are likely to be pulled forward creating a strength imbalance between the front and back of your body.
Over time, certain muscles become fatigued, and can't function properly. This eventually causes our muscles to shorten and tighten up. However, you still need your body to perform so the muscle slightly adjusts itself (usually at a joint) to enable you to keep functioning. Often this happens without us even being aware of what is happening. We may feel a 'random' twinge or spasm and think nothing of it.
Years of this compensation can eventually lead to painful episodes for 'no apparent reason'. It's not until we experience some form of pain that we become aware of any problems. Unfortunately, by this time, inflammation is present and the process to reverse the tension and tightness can be a long and costly one. So, by addressing any twinges or spasms straight away – you can prevent a lifetime of pain and frustration.