Walking and running stressors can be good for you.

Every individual has a "sweet spot" for optimal musculoskeletal function, which is when stressors enhance the body’s capabilities.

Walking and running stressors can be good for you.

Sweet spot stressors are healthy stress. 

Sweet spot function is encouraged and enhanced by daily activities that promote a balance of strength and flexibility in opposing muscle groups at the joints. In sports training this is called training with “proper technique.”

Poor Technique activities create unhealthy stress.

Engaging in daily “poor technique” activities will cause the body's musculoskeletal function to maladapt, which creates degenerative stressors and mechanical inefficiencies. In addition to possible joint and muscle stiffness and pain, this leads to more pronounced and local/global imbalances in: 

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility
  • Endurance
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Kinesthetic

Often, maladaptive musculoskeletal function remains reflexive long after the actual stressors have ceased or been retrained away.

Some soft tissue and bone tissue damage will present obvious symptoms, while some fibrosis and scar tissue may be symptom-free. The inelastic nature of fibrotic or scar tissue further contributes to maladaptive function.

Aside from severe genetic deformities and acute trauma, the majority of foot, leg, hip, and back problems and pain occur because functional maladaptation becomes reflexive. These conditioned reflexive inefficiencies impair the body's ability to manage increased activity safely. 

Maladapted function is easily reversed by engaging in proper technique activities that promote healthy sweet spot function.

Therapeutic programs that incorporate “proper technique” are the most effective means to safely retrain the reflexive maladapted function in the feet, legs, hips, and back. By employing repetitive “proper technique” activities, the body's neuromuscular reflex systems readapt so that a healthier optimal function becomes reflexive.

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