At Elite Chiropractic therapists specialize in muscle activation to relieve injuries, muscle tightness, and pain. Muscle tightness often leads to repeated injuries. Muscle activation identifies and strengthens weak muscles to give your body the opportunity to heal, be flexible, and be strong.
The chiropractors at Elite Chiropractic have a goal – to treat your injury or chronic pain through different strengthening and stretching exercises. Muscle activation is different, however. It identifies the underlying cause of your injury rather than only treating the pain. Muscle activation addresses the causes and not just the symptoms
Read about the dramatic results in injury recovery from happy athletes who have undergone muscle activation. Scan the studies that have worked with muscle activation treatment. The Neuromuscular Training Institute tested participants and 100 percent felt improvement, and 90 percent were happy with the results of the muscle activation treatment. These test participants suffered from various degrees and types of muscle injuries.
No studies have shown that muscle activation leads to physical harm to the participant. Many participants report improvement in physical pain, and they do demonstrate quantifiable improvement to the injured area.
An expert analysis reveals, “There is a direct relationship between compliance with home exercises (graded intensity isometrics, etc.) and ultimate success.” However, he does not say that home exercises alone are responsible for the success of the treatment of the M.A.T. test subjects. In fact, he concludes, “Muscle Activation Techniques can be a cost-effective alternative to many forms of treatment, provided it is given time to work.” (Scott Kroculick, MSEd, RKT. CSCS).
What is Muscle Activation?
When a muscle is overused through sports or even everyday life, it can become shortened. Shortened muscles may sound strange, but muscles work in pairs around a joint. If one muscle becomes injured or short, you have created an imbalance with the other muscle which becomes painful or that muscle may become long. The changes in muscle length create changes in your movement and can limit your strength and performance. A decrease in muscle strength increases your chance of getting injured.
Muscle activation is an exercise system that helps the muscles opposite the short and tight muscle. Stretching will not even out the muscles, the weak muscle needs to be strengthened to keep the other muscle from getting tight again.
Sounds complicated doesn’t it? Muscle activation focuses on the weak muscle and strengthens it to keep your joints working correctly.
Exercises for Muscle Activation
Markers showing your muscles aren’t working up to their optimum range include: lunging and feeling like one leg is stronger than the other. Another is working hard at pull-ups but getting nowhere. A third could be sitting all day at a desk and your muscles hurt when you get up and work them.
Muscles can become neglected or weak when sitting all day or not moving. Staying in the same position for long periods causes inactivity to your muscles, and they weaken.
Sedentary lifestyles lead to bad posture, sore muscles, and pain.
At Elite Chiropractic chiropractors specialize in working with your muscles by using exercise. Exercise may sound simple but using specific muscle activation exercises you can build muscles, correct flaws, in your techniques and reach new goals.
Many of us work out in the gym, but we get stuck on a plateau. We spend hours trying to reach the next level, but it doesn’t seem to happen. Maybe your muscles are not working to their best capacity.
Muscle activation exercises help you fire up your muscles so you can get the best out of your work out. Elite Chiropractic enables you to drill down to the specific muscles not working, gives them extra attention, and sets you up for a better workout. You can use these simple movements into your regular exercise routines, and you will feel more flexible.
Just like everything else in your body, your brain plays an enormous part in your complete muscle activation or neuromuscular activation. As your exercise, your mind is telling your body to repair itself, gain strength and be healthy. Your muscles and your brain are intrinsically linked and building a great body is about brain power
Developing physical strength as a major purpose of your neuromuscular system or the blending of muscles and nerves. When lined up, these two systems work together to help you get results in your exercise routines and heal your tired muscles.
Get your brain and muscles working together and maximize the use of your neuromuscular system by increasing the muscles you use in exercising. Focus on compound movements rather than just one exercise. Use your brain by working in slow and controlled movement and focus your mind on the muscles.
Muscle activation exercises you get from Elite Chiropractic are easy to fit into your usual exercise routine. They take only a few minutes to perform but make a big difference when lifting weights or doing other high-intensity exercises.
Take about 10 minutes before you begin your regular workout. Move to an area where you have space and follow these tips:
- Think about your exercises. Connect your brain to your muscles. As you perform your exercises think about the muscles you are trying to activate.
- Take it slow. Don’t run through your reps like you are trying to get to the finish line. Make each rep deliberate, slow and work it.
- Sets and reps. Perform about 8-10 reps over two sets. Do one activation exercise and then do another. Doing sets repeatedly will help active your muscles.
- Keep weights low. If you are using weights in your exercise routines, don’t use lots of weight. Just keep it low and comfortable. You are activating your muscles right now.
A couple of muscle activation exercises that will prime your muscles for your workout are easy to do and will start your muscles working. These include glute activation exercises, back activation exercises, and pec activation exercises. Talk to the therapists at Elite Chiropractic to get the right methods to do these exercises. Here are a couple of suggestions:
- Squeeze press for pec muscle activation.
- Lie on a bench with a dumbbell in each hand
- Hold the dumbbells together on your chest
- Push your butt upwards, slowly
- Squeeze the dumbbells together and keep reaching for the top of the press
- Bring the dumbbells back down.
Make sure the dumbbells are light. You are not trying to build muscle you are trying to activate muscles. Do at least ten of these reps.
How about the glute bridge?
- Get on your back
- Put your feet flat on the floor; align them with your hips.
- Push with your feet, raise your hips until your body is like a straight line
- Squeeze your glutes in this position and lower your butt to the floor. Do at least ten sets.
Another muscle activation exercise from Spotmegirl.com and maybe an exercise suggested by Elite Chiropractic is to do the side clam.
- Lie on your side with your knees and feet together
- Bend your knees about 45 degrees
- Keep your feet together and hour hips still
- Lift your top knee
- Squeeze your butt at the top and slowly lower it back to the start position. Do about ten reps.
These exercises are great but remember that muscle activation treatment is an alternative recovery strategy for injuries and hurt muscles. Those who believe in muscle activation think that muscle tightness often causes injuries and recurring injuries. Muscle activation tries to identify and strengthen weak muscles to allow your body to become more flexible. By doing specific exercise before a workout, or even as your workout, you can increase those weak muscles that cause you pain.
Muscle activation is essential in your workout to prevent injuries but do not exercises or workout until you talk to a professional at Elite Chiropractic. They will give you the right techniques and teach you how to activate your muscles. Get their advice and help today.