The Relationship Between Flexibility & Strength

The Relationship Between Flexibility & Strength

This is a very important concept that we begin to take for granted as we get older, mainly because we still think we can move and run like we used to twenty or forty years ago. As we get older, the matrix that forms our tissues begins to “dry” out, becoming less pliable and our lifestyle typically follows a more sedentary path. This matrix does not become replenished as it once did. This means that our muscles, tendons and ligaments are not as elastic as they once were and requires a greater effort to maintain flexibility. The end result is chronic muscle tension and stiffness with poor range of motion. This is why injuries tend to increase with age. There is an integral relationship between flexibility and strength and although the concept seems simple enough, it’s not.

These two are so closely related that if there is an imbalance over the other, injury will result in one of two ways:

  • Increase in flexibility without strength results in joint instability
  • Increase in strength without flexibility results in soft tissue tears, sprains or strains and postural changes

The most common long term effect that this imbalance creates is what is called degenerative joint disease, or more commonly referred to as, arthritis. This is a gradual process that often goes unnoticed until it’s too late. Quite often it can be delayed, slowed down or in some joints avoided altogether through a better balance between these two factors.

Have our highly trained therapists evaluate you for any possible imbalances and take a proactive approach in your own health.