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What is Going on With Our Muscles As We Age?

Just as our car needs a regular service to prevent it from breaking down – so do our bodies. Something we often hear as therapists when we start a treatment is clients that say, “I didn’t hurt until I came in here!” Have you felt like this?

This is us finding the ‘spots’ that may not have felt sore but contribute to tension you are feeling.

  • Do you ever wake up and find you can’t turn your head to one side?
  • Or feel tight and achy in your shoulders at the end of the day?
  • Do you get niggles but you don’t really know why?
  • Are you stiff after being in the garden?

Our bodies are always looking for physiological balance. When we do something repeatedly, it becomes the norm. If we constantly sit with our shoulders forward (as most of us are prone to do because everything is in front of us), then we begin to have rounded shoulders.

As they move forward our body sees this as their new state of normal, then they move a bit more, new start of normal etc. As this is happening, any muscles fibres that are not being used get switched off. They can become weakened in this state and this is where most injuries occur.

‘But I was only in the garden for a few hours’!

What tends to happen is that one crazy weekend we take this new state of normal with us into the garden with the switched off muscle fibres and spend hours asking these muscles to weed, dig, and do things that they are not used to doing.

In a younger body, the cells can adapt easier and fire when requested, however, as our bodies get that bit older, it’s harder for those switched off fibres to do what is being asked of them so the body recruits smaller muscles to do the job they were meant to do, because they haven’t been used in a while and they are smaller, they get sore or tear.

So what can be done?

Stretch! Have you ever been given stretches after a massage? Why do we this? When we work on those sore spots, what we are doing is lengthening the muscles that are too tight and helping the body remember those switched off fibres. This wakes them up; we need you to remind the body to keep using them, that’s where stretching comes in. Often we will only give you 1-2. Remember stretching should never be painful and always stretch in correct posture.

Drink water…. Did you know dehydrated muscles can ache? Tight muscles don’t have enough blood supply. Everything your muscles need to function properly is in your blood supply, by drinking 2-3 liters of water every day we increase blood flow which helps sore and tight muscles.

Remedial Massage; Deep tissue massage Toowoomba does increase blood supply to muscles. We do find those spots that you never knew you had! By checking in every 4-6 weeks, we can highlight potential risk areas thus preventing injury.