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Specific Strengthening

Specific Strengthening

Specific strengthening refers to identifying and targeting imbalances in muscle imbalances. This can range from general deconditioning and the need to strengthen major muscle groups to a very athletic person having isolated muscle imbalances that need to be addressed. Some muscles may be relatively weak and underused compared to others, and dysfunctional movement patterns can result. These dysfunctional movement patterns can lead to injury and chronic pain.

In addition, chronic pain and injuries typically result in muscle imbalances if they were not already present. Your physical therapist will identify and target your specific strength imbalances with targeted therapeutic exercise.

In addition to larger muscle groups, it is also important to address the smaller, deeper muscles that stabilize and protect the spine. These should be activating whenever you are walking, standing up from a chair, or reaching to pick up a glass of water. They are even more important to protect your spine when lifting something heavy. Ideally, these muscles should turn on automatically, without having to consciously think about it. However, they are often dysfunctional in people who have neck or back pain. If we discover this is an issue for you, we will teach you exercises to target these muscles so they can activate again, and you can start moving with less pain.

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Some examples of deep, core stabilizing muscles include:

Excellent Comprehensive Care

At the Denver Spine and Pain Institute, we understand how restrictions in your body can negatively impact your rehabilitation efforts. Our team is committed to providing you with the mobility and pain relief necessary to enjoy your favorite activities and perform routine daily activities with ease. Our goal is to help you live life to the fullest once again.

We’re the only sports, back and pain specialists in the country providing a Connected Care Approach™ specifically designed to get you back to enjoying life faster. This approach involves:

  • A full spectrum of care, including physicians, physical therapy, massage, diet and lifestyle coaching, behavioral health, research, and cutting edge treatment options
  • Developing caring and therapeutic relationships that address your unique needs
  • Discussing options and providing the guidance you need from a dedicated healthcare partner
  • Mobilizing an experienced team who coordinates your care program
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