Are your muscles firing?

Sound like a strange question? Perhaps, but not if you have ever wondered:


  “Why do I have hip pain after running three miles?” 

  “Why does my shoulder hurt when I lift something?” 

  “Why does my back hurt when I put on my shoes?”

  “Why are my hamstrings so tight?”


If you don’t have a serious injury, the answer could be:

What does muscle inhibition mean?


Muscle inhibition is a neurological term to describe the inability of the muscle to fully contract on demand due to poor communication between the muscle and the brain.  If the muscle is unable to respond, then other muscles will pitch in to take up the load and the muscles surrounding the joint may tighten up to protect from the perceived weakness.  Proper muscular contraction is vital to coordinated movement, activity, and performance.

What causes it?


Stress, trauma, or overuse can cause the brain to detect a problem and send a signal to “switch off” the muscle as a means of protection.  Stress or overuse can be something as simple as lifting too much weight or sitting too long at  the computer day in and day out.  Trauma can be an accident, a fall, or taking a hit in football.  Inhibition can also occur if the muscles are not given adequate time to recover after working out or playing a sport.

Why does it matter?

Muscles compensating for inhibited ones are placed under more stress, and can become tighter, can change the forces being placed on the joint, and can eventually wear out and become inhibited themselves.  When you can no longer effectively compensate, then you experience pain, injury, and loss of function.  In the real world that becomes hip pain, shoulder pain, back pain, tight hamstrings,and decreased athletic performance.

How can it be corrected?


The muscles can be “turned on” by way of stimulating the muscle at the source of the problem.  At Mela Therapeutics, we use Greg Roskopf’s   Muscle Activation Techniques™    as the preferred method of identifying and correcting muscle imbalances and inhibitions.  A thorough biomechanical assessment is used to identify the limitations, specific muscle testing is used to determine weaknesses, and manual palpations or activation exercises are used to stimulate and strengthen the muscles.  Homework exercises are then recommended to encourage active participation by the client.  Go to for more information or click here...

Contact us at Mela Therapeutics to learn more and book your biomechanical assessment.

(954) 999-2315 – Located in Aventura, Boca Raton and Davie, FL