Muscle Balance Techniques
Certain muscles have a tendency to tighten such as hamstrings, adductors, piriformis, psoas, calf, lower back extensors, upper fibers of trapezius, pectoralis major/minor and sub-occipital muscles. Other muscles have a tendency to weaken such as gluteus medius, maximus, quadriceps, tibials anterior, abdominals, middle and lower fibers of trapezius and deep neck flexor muscles.
This technique involves evaluating each patient for muscle imbalances and designing a specific program for them. The patient is taught to stretch the tight muscles first and then strengthen the weak muscles. These exercises are combined with mobility and cardiovascular exercises to complete the program.