Strength in Stretching
When I started working as physiotherapist 1993-1998, various ideas were going around. We though that all patients had to be strengthened or stabilised and muscles stretched. Then I went through different trainings with various teachers, in medicine but also in sports. In these years I watched several forms of movement, whereby the monks from Shaolin fascinated me the most and still do today.
After all that we know today, many errors have been made that in the end led to further development and progression. “Science is the momentary stage of fallacy,” says Eckhart von Hirschhausen. Out of all these experiences (“the most bitter way to learn” Konfuzius claimed) I would now like to introduce you to a new form of muscle training and teach those to you in my practice or at seminars.
In training muscles this way, strengthening and stretching is combined. Next to maximum strength, springiness or strength endurance this is the fourth way to strengthen your muscles. The advantage here lies in the reduction of tension, despite increasing strength.
As the monks said hundreds of years ago – from much experience – “the highest goal in life is keeping the malleability in tact, because the hard and drought-stricken breaks and the smooth and flexible survives”, contradictory to our western, scientific belief “the muscle cannot be too loose”!
In practice we reach this effect of muscle relaxation through treatment of the muscle attachments. A more specific explanation of the effect this has you will find in the therapy description.
As for the other methods of muscle strengthening, not only the strength is increased but also the tension, so that the athletes with various pain symptoms feel like the muscles are made from concrete. They often do win their competitions however loose their health. Loose and flexible muscles are less injury-prone and regenerate quicker after sports, as opposed to hard and inflexible ones.
In our practice we have patients under 40 that had to get an artificial hip joint, not due to an accident. We would like to prevent situations like these, with regular strength in stretching training!
We reach this muscle relaxing effect by treating the muscle attachments. More specific details on these effects can be found in the therapy description.
With the other methods of muscle strengthening, strength increases but so does the resting tension, so that the athletes with pain symptoms feel as if their muscles were made from concrete. They might often win their competitions, however they also loose their health. Loose and flexible muscles under resting conditions are less injury prone and regenerate quicker after exercise as opposed to muscles that are hard and unflexible during rest already.
In our practice we treat people under the age of 40, who needed an artificial hip-joint (not due to an accident!). We want to avoid this by regular stretch training.