Why it’s important to be Strong

The origin of these posts is from emails I send to a database of my clients from MMT where I work. I had great feedback about the #JERF and compression post’s over the last week from those guys, I hope you enjoyed it too!

Let’s talk today about why it’s important for your body to be strong. I’ll cover in the coming weeks why I use a certain method of strengthening over others when working with clients.

If you come in for treatments you will often hear me talking about ‘getting your body (or a specific part of it) strong’, obviously there are different types and levels of strength but the idea is to be “strong enough to support your body through the things in life that you want to do”. I like to call it Practical Strength. 

It doesn’t matter if what you want to do is run a marathon, pick up small cars like this guy, do the gardening, or simply be strong enough to support yourself through a happy and healthy life, it’s important to have strength available to you when you need it.

Why is it important?

When you don’t have appropriate strength to do a task that you want to do, your body will find alternative ways to offer support to itself. Often this involves tightening and thickening of the connective tissue, including fascia and muscle, as a means of offering more structured support. When this tissue thickens you start to lose the ability to move effectively. Think of it as the the body sacrificing some of it’s mobility so it can increase it’s stability (there are other reasons why your tissue tightens up but we’ll just focus on this today).

It is this tight and thick tissue that you get worked on during a Solidified Connective Tissue (SCT) Release treatment; You know that really not-painful at all hands on work I do to you on the table 😉

Now you understand why it is important to have strength, you may be wondering how you should go about ‘getting strong’. If we’ve talked about it in the clinic you’ll know we use a technique called Neuro-Muscular Facilitation Power Training, or NMF Power Training. Most of you probably just know it as just; ‘lifting’. NMF Power Training is unique in that it stretches the tight thickened tissue and strengthens areas of weakness in the same movement.

NMF Power training is particularly effective as you use enough resistance to engage muscular and neural pathways that don’t normally get used in your everyday life, even if you go to the gym or do Pilates.

NB: I could write a whole other article on why NMF Power Training is more effective than Pilates when it comes to rehabilitation but luckily someone else has already done that for me – check it out here. Long story short – functional strength training activates the deep stabilising muscles of the body and Pilates doesn’t. Read the article if you want to find out more.

I’ll continue the discussion on why it’s important that you strengthen your body another time and I’ll go into more detail on how we go about doing this at MMT and I’ll give you some great ideas and tips on how to go about doing it yourself.

Stay Strong!

Matt

Why?

Normally I write all about things that can help YOU! and that’s how it should be, but for today only I’d like to talk about me 🙂 More specifically, I’ll give you an insight into why I do what I do. I think it’s important that you know why you do what you do, as when times get tough you can sit back and reflect on it (that’s not to say you can’t have a day where you don’t enjoy it!).

Although I never had a lightbulb moment when it comes to my choice of career, I’m very clear on reflection of why I do this.

Some of you may know that my sporting background is swimming. With swimming, comes up to 10 in the water training sessions a week (yes, at ridiculous hours in the morning), 3 or so in the gym and for me; countless hours in and out of physio clinics having treatment on my shoulders.

I had cortisone injections into both shoulder joints along the way and can’t really recall a time in the couple of years prior to retiring that I didn’t have to put up with some sort of pain. It was a major factor in my decision to hang up the goggles and speedos at the grand old age of 22.

Basically I don’t want other people to have to go through what I went through. I want to see you doing the things you love and want to do, without having to worry about your back or knee or whatever it is that’s causing you pain getting in the way

Now for some audience participation – What’s your why? Why do you get up and go do what you go and do? If you know the answer – great! Go and live it and let me know! If you’re not sure it’s ok! Take some time and work it out. Watch this video (its 18 minutes and worth every second). Well worth watching anytime!