Muscle strength is defined as a muscle’s ability to generate meaningful force. Additionally, functional strength is what gives us the ability to fully participate in our daily lives, whether it be for everyday tasks or high level sports. If you feel limited in your participation in activities due to chronic fatigue or soreness, there may be more going on than simple muscle weakness. There are a variety of factors that determine your strength that need to be considered for maximizing your function.
What Factors Affect Your Strength?
Measuring things like your endurance, coordination, and max force generation are just a few of the ways to assess your strength and overall health. How your muscles respond to these assessment tools is influenced by a lot of different factors, including these:
The strength and health of the neural connection between the spinal cord and muscles
The actual size and number cells within each muscle
Excitability of the spinal cord
Alignment of the joints to optimize biomechanics with movement
The brain’s ability to appropriately modulate muscle force
The nervous system’s ability to coordinate meaningful movement
Presence of pain or other chronic diseases
Overall efficiency of the neural feedback loop between the nervous system and musculoskeletal system
How Spine Alignment Affects Your Strength
Based on the list of factors above, it should be pretty clear that the nervous system plays a very crucial role in your strength. Of course, the health of the muscle itself is important. However, the way it is controlled by the nervous system is just as important, if not more important. When nerve energy and connectivity are strong and efficient, the body can move and function with ease. Proper nerve flow helps you to stay active in your life intentionally.
If spine misalignment is present, nerve flow can quickly become compromised and affect your body’s ability to generate muscle force. Poor spine alignment is a common underlying issue that is best diagnosed by a spine professional, like a chiropractor. A chiropractor certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a specialized science based approach to fixing spine alignment issues, can help you maximize your neural health and muscle strength.
Maximize Your Strength with a CBP Provider
If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t seem to get the results you want for your strength and health goals, neural health may be the missing puzzle piece. Once a CBP practitioner helps you holistically restore optimal spine alignment and nerve energy, you can then maximize your workouts and ability to participate in daily activities.
You can discuss other options for maximizing your health once the root issue has been addressed. Holistic options for boosting your muscle health include posture education, increasing intensity, lifting heavier, increasing repetitions, and more. Dr. Samantha Coleman at Chirosolutions Center in Virginia Beach, VA is CBP certified and ready to help you feel your strongest and most energetic. Get in touch with her today to see what is possible.
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