by NuView Health Medical
Physical therapy is an allied health profession that improves your ability to function in everyday life. Common areas of intervention in the body include knees, shoulders, and hips. Restoring mobility in the body after an injury is our main use case for physical therapy at NuView Health Medical. Our goal as a medical clinic is to promote a sense of well being.
Our physical therapy service provides the specific exercises and stretches to keep your muscles, ligaments, and tendons mobile and healthy.
How Stretching Works: Reciprocal Inhibition
Muscles are very efficient at getting stronger or weaker in response to the demands placed on them. Muscles that are constantly used throughout the day become strong. Others become weaker. Left unchecked, get worse, not better, because of a phenomenon called “reciprocal inhibition“.
Reciprocal inhibition literally means “shutting down the opposite.” For all of the muscles that move your body in one direction, there are opposing muscles that move the body in the opposite direction. In order to keep these muscles from working against each other, when the body contracts one muscle group, it forces the opposing group to relax – it shuts down the opposite muscles. When consistently only one set of muscles is used, the opposing group, from being continuously shut-down, is liable to atrophy.