Physical Therapy for Rotator Cuff
Exactly how does any form of physical therapy for rotator cuff muscles increase your rotator cuff strength?
If you have read elsewhere on the site the importance of exercise for rotator cuff problems, you are probably a little interested in how it all works?
Perhaps you have suffered a rotator cuff strain or been advised to undergo physical therapy for rotator cuff pain or some form of torn rotator cuff rehab. If so then I hope I can help.
I hope you find this information not only interesting but more importantly useful. In the previous section titled "Rotator cuff muscle exercises improve the health of your rotator cuff" I discussed the various different muscle types. Let us examine exactly how we use this information to our benefit.
Concious controlEven though most skeletal muscle is a mixture of different types of skeletal muscle fibre, all the skeletal muscle fibres within any one motor unit are always all the same.
In addition, the different skeletal muscle fibres in a muscle may be used in various ways, depending on need.
For example, if only a weak contraction is needed to perform a task, only type I fibres are activated by their motor units. If a large contraction is required, motor units of type II B fibres are activated as well. Activation of various motor units is determined in the brain and spinal cord.
Although this muscle action is referred to as being under "conscious control", it is not really. We can not actually think about which muscle fibres will be employed on any task. The brain and the spinal cord determine this for us without the need for us to actually do anything.
Muscle trainingAlthough the number of the different skeletal muscle fibres does not change, the characteristics of those present can be altered. This is the key point to remember when thinking about the positive effects that physical therapy for rotator cuff muscles can have.
Skeletal muscle x 200 magnification
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