Stop being so damn TIGHT!!

Posted by on Jun 24, 2018 in Fat loss, Nutrition, Personal Training | 0 comments

Happy Monday

How was your weekend?

  Did you get out and enjoy that beautiful Hawkes Bay winter sunshine 🙂

  We finished our weekend off with a paid massage which was very relaxing and just bliss!



  In today’s newsletter I am going to share with you 5 reasons we get tight with a brief explanation on each


1 - Use it or lose it.

  Go to any commercial gym and you will see countless numbers of people performing movements that don’t go through their full range of motion.


2 - Chronic static positions

  For example sitting.

  • We get up and sit down for breakfast
  • We then sit in the car and drive to work
  • Sit at the desk all day
  • Go to the gym and sit on the spin bike
  • Sit at the desk some more
  • Sit in the car on the way home
  • Sit down and eat dinner
  • Sit down and watch Netflix

  Your body always adapts to the positions/shapes you spend most of your time.

  Here are a couple of interesting sitting facts…

  Men and women who sit for more than 23 hours a week are 64% more likely to die from heart disease.

  Good cholesterol drops by 20% after just two hours of sitting down.

3 - We have a motor control problem

  We have an unstable joint due to poor motor control or muscle imbalances, so our nervous system signals the muscles surrounding that joint to tighten up to make it stable.

  This is something that is incredibly common yet many of us are going the wrong way about addressing this. You can’t fix a software (motor control) issue with a hardware (muscle, joint, ligaments etc) protocol.


4 - Fascia neglect

  Fascia is connective tissue that surrounds all the structures in your body, from toe to head. There are 3 primary types of fascia - superficial, visceral and deep. Deep fascia is where it gets interesting. It’s tough, fibrous connective tissue that surrounds muscles. It contains many sensory receptors that can communicate pain and proprioception along with other feedback mechanisms to your brain.

  Any kind of trauma can result in the fascia building scar tissue and adhesion.              

  As a qualified instrument assisted soft tissue mobiliser I find this modality incredibly effective for addressing adhesion's and scar tissue


5 - Dehydration

  Dehydration causes changes in electrolytes such as sodium and potassium and can lead to muscles tightness and cramps    

  As you can see tightness is more than just a flexibility issue and addressing it is more than just a bit of stretching.

  That’s it for today

  Paul ‘’tight ass‘’ and Krystie "fascial (not facial)" Miller

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