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The Physiotherapist To Maintain Good Muscle Health

 The Physiotherapist To Maintain Good Muscle Health

Muscle toning exercise benefits
physical therapy

Muscle stretching techniques are fundamental in the therapeutic arsenal of the physiotherapist to maintain good muscle health. However, the practitioner must not only perform these stretching techniques, but also has to guide, teach and systematically monitor the athlete performs self-stretching. One of the joints that develop more muscle imbalances in the sport is the hip, so the self-stretching can become helpful to the athlete. 

The controlled and appropriate self-stretching is beneficial. However, a self-stretching improperly executed, besides not getting the stretch on the target tissue can damage adjacent structures functionally related. An understanding of why, when and how the muscles and other structures should be stretched is a prerequisite for the stretch cover more than degrade the function of the body. Many are the muscles that cross the hip joint, although their particular significance we will discuss only two: the hamstrings and rectus femoris. This analysis is based on a review of some of the most frequently performed self-stretching to suggest, then any self-stretching to respect the principles of specificity and safety of adjacent structures.


When instructing the athlete in the practice of self-stretching, the therapist must necessarily reflect on what procedures are safer and more specific to the athlete. In addition, the therapist must pre-test the condition of the joint and neural structures to avoid unwanted effects.