Treating hypertonic muscles in athletes is a vital step in helping to avoid the development of trigger points.
The demands that an athlete puts on his or her body during the endless hours of training and competing can lead to a whole range of 'hidden' dangers, none more so than the ongoing hypertonicity that builds up in their muscles.
This hypertonicity can become excessive, which means that stretching may become a non-therapeutic activity, and if left untreated can become the perfect breeding ground for trigger points to develop.
In today's video blog, I give you some insight into the care required to treat hypertonicity in a 400m runner who trains daily. This helps to improve the explosive power of the gastrocnemius and the endurance of the soleus.
About the author
Stuart Hinds is one of Australia’s leading soft tissue therapists, with over 27 years of experience as a practitioner, working with elite sports athletes, supporting Olympic teams, educating and mentoring others as well as running a highly successful clinic in Geelong.
Stuart has a strong following of practitioners across Australia and globally who tap into his expertise as a soft-tissue specialist. He delivers a range of highly sought after seminars across Australia, supported by online videos, webinars and one-on-one mentoring to help support his colleagues to build successful businesses.
In 2016, Stuart was awarded a lifetime membership to Massage & Myotherapy Australia for his significant support and contribution to the industry.
This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell.
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