Thursday, January 6, 2011

Tissue Quality and Power Generation

Power (within your body) is about the production and transfer of force through your entire body. Power is also a function of how well you can recruit your nervous system to control muscular action.

The more efficient your nervous system, the more power you will have. The more power you have, the easier it is to perform your activities and exercises without injury.
Power is not the same as strength; power is about maximum efficiency without effort. (Strength requires a lot of effort and energy.) The more power you have, the less energy you will need to expend to perform a task, which equates to having more energy available to heal and grow your body.
Power generation is also directly related to the quality of your soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc.). The quality of your soft tissues determines how well you can store and release energy.

Think of your soft tissues as being like cords of elastic rubber (or perhaps a telephone cord) that can stretch (storing energy) and contract (releasing energy). In a healthy state, your muscles contract and release instantaneously, storing and releasing energy with changes in body motion.

So what happens when a rubber cord gets knots tied in it? The rubber cord’s ability to store and release energy is immediately diminished. The same thing happens to your soft tissues when you build up restrictions and adhesions (from the micro-tears caused by repetitive motion), or scar tissue from injuries. These adhesions and scar tissues are analogous to knots in the cord. Just as the cord’s ability to store and release energy was diminished by knots, so is our body’s ability to store and release energy diminished by these restrictions. Think of these adhesions and restrictions as energy leaks that rob your body of much needed energy for healing.

You will have problems with storing and releasing your own energy if your body is full of tight areas and ropy fibrous restrictions. This is why foam rollers, Massage Therapy, Active Release Techniques, Graston Techniques, and dozens of other soft tissue techniques are so valuable for helping in your healing process. All these procedures act to improve the quality of your soft tissue by releasing or removing the soft tissue restrictions that lie between your tissue layers.

Bottom line: you may need to invest in some soft tissue care to get rid of these restrictions...these restrictions are sapping your energy, causing injuries, and aging you prematurely. Consider getting treatment for these areas even if you don’t have an injury.
Preventive care is an investment that will pay countless positive dividends to you for the rest of your life.

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