I often talk about muscle spasms. But I'm not referring to the type of muscle spasm you get where you bend over and get intense pain.
I'm talking about the gradual muscle spasms that build up over time. The muscle spasms that may have developed in order to protect a vulnerable joint or area.
This may not be the whole muscle. It may just be a few fibres. But either way, it's there.
So what does this mean?
It means that not only is the muscle unable to relax properly but it's unable to contract properly too.
And if a muscle is unable to contract then there becomes a so called 'weakness' within that area.
Makes sense doesn't it?
And that 'weakness' then means that instability occurs within the joint.
Instability can then lead to injury.
So not only is it vital that we release the muscle spasm as soon as possible to help reduce the instability, but in doing so we are also allowing those 'weak' muscle fibres to then start contracting once again.