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Today’s message could save you years of frustration trying to get out of pain, so I hope you take this knowledge and use it for more efficient healing even if you never join a course of mine.
“INHIBITED: to restrain, hinder, arrest; to prohibit, forbid.”
When a muscle becomes inhibited, it is not “lazy” or simply “weak,” which is often the perspective offered by physical therapists and personal trainers. An inhibited muscle is restrained/prohibited/forbidden from activating (by your brain/nervous system).
The common protocols for “fixing” this issue involves strengthening those “lazy” muscles, but this is the last thing you should do.
Gluteus medius, gluteus maximus, hamstrings, your entire “posterior chain,” pelvic floor/deep CORE (or just “your core”), quadratus lumborum (low back) and latissimus dorsi (large back muscle involved in shoulder instability).
Trying to strengthen an inhibited muscle means forcing your body and brain to come up with even more pervasive compensation patterns, in order to perform the movements you’re requesting.
ONLY when we’ve taken care of the cause of inhibition will we begin activating.
And only after they’ve been activated will you move on to strengthening.
The #1 thing I want you to take away from this video is this:
If you are being told by therapists or trainers that you’re in pelvic instability, that your glutes are “lazy” or you have ANY muscle inhibited (including upper body muscles like your subscap or lats) and they are trying to have you strengthen those muscles… I can almost guarantee you it will backfire.
When you try to strengthen a muscle that’s prohibited from activating by your brain, your body will go into compensations. And those compensations are often the very thing causing your current PAIN.
There’s a strategic approach you need to apply if you want to solve this as quickly as possible, and you can do this on your own (or, with someone’s help):
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