Consider this: a tight and even painful muscle is that way it is for a reason.stretching or releasing it may be the worst thing you can do.
Let’s take an example, The body gets additional support from the tight and painful muscle. It is perhaps keeping a joint stable, compensating for another muscle in the area that is not working efficiently. Sometimes if you released muscles of An ankle, hip or perhaps the neck. If you release that muscle, initially your patient gets relief but you face more pain next session.
Battle between Weak and strong
In our daily clinical practice we are happy when we see tight muscles , immediately we think let’s release it with MFR , IASTM and many more techniques, but don’t jump into directly. They may be “weak”. It means the muscle is unable to meet the manual muscle test. It indicates that there is an issue neurologically with regards to activating (firing) the muscle.
A “weak” muscle doesn’t mean it’s not functioning well but It may be not firing as primary source of movement. example, an athlete with very large leg muscles may have quads or gluteus muscles that are weak, neurologically speaking, even though they can do a 300kg squat.
Following from the above, when we refer to a “strong” muscle, it doesn’t refer to muscle strength, power and stamina, though it’s part of it. It refers to the ability of the muscle to fire properly.
Inhibited vs facilitated