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Why is it important to address overactive and underactive muscles to improve posture?

Last Updated: 11th January, 2020

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Correct alignment and good posture will help your muscles work more efficiently, increase your lifts and prevent pain or injuries. The easiest and most effective way to correct your poor posture is by stretching muscles that are overactive while strengthening muscles that are underactive.

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Correspondingly, what is the difference between overactive and underactive muscles?

Overactive muscle: A state of having disrupted neuromuscular recruitment patterns that lead a muscle to be more active during a joint action. Underactive muscle: A state of having disrupted neuromuscular recruitment patterns that lead a muscle to be relatively less active during a joint action.

Also, does bad posture affect muscle growth? Poor posture causes muscle fatigue and imbalances because it forces the Type II fibres to act to maintain position, instead of Type I. Over time, those deeper, supporting muscles become weak and short from lack of use. But bad posture affects more than just your body.

Subsequently, question is, why is postural assessment important?

Postural assessment is an important tool which can be used to assess the reasons behind various injuries in sports persons, since repetitive loading of body caused by sports activities leads to certain postural alterations, which can ultimately cause pain and injury.

Do you stretch overactive or underactive muscles?

Overactive muscles are not necessarily strong or tight, but are hypertonic or have chronic increased tone. Whereas underactive muscles may not always be weak and lengthened, but are hypotonic or have chronic decreased tone.

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