While strength is a relative term, the body’s muscles should be strong enough to endure your normal daily activities and sports. If you find yourself chronically sore and fatigued, there may be more going on than what meets the eye. This is because there are a lot of factors that determine the strength of the muscles outside of simple brute force.
Factors that Affect Your Strength
There are different ways to measure your strength. Often, variables like endurance, coordination, and maximum force production are all ways of assessing the health and strength of your muscles. However, how you perform and measure with these options isn’t very straightforward, since there are a lot of moving parts. A few of the things that influence strength include:
- Neural connectivity and responsivity of the muscle
- The number and size of muscle cells
- The ability of the brain to modulate muscle use for appropriate force creation
- Spinal cord excitability
- The efficiency of the neural feedback loop that drives proprioception (being able to sense the joints moving in space)
- The nervous system’s ability to coordinate meaning movement and muscle force
How Spine Alignment Will Help
As you read through the list of factors above, you may have noticed a common denominator: the nervous system. While the health of the muscle itself is important, what’s even more important is the input entering and exiting each muscle via the nervous system. When this connectivity is strong, then the nervous system and brain can effectively and meaningfully create movement and modulate strength. This ultimately allows you to participate in life exactly the way you want.
When you want to boost your strength, the primary focus should be on good nerve flow via spine alignment. It’s a much more effective approach than hitting the weights at the gym initially. This is because even small changes that lead to spine misalignment can affect the neural signals between the muscles, spinal cord, and brain itself.
Once alignment is holistically addressed, then the body is ready to move onto true strengthening methods. Options include boosting the overall intensity of your workout, exercising more, lifting heavier, increasing repetitions, and pushing yourself longer to push your fitness, endurance and strength to your own limits. With time, you should notice less fatigue and more energy for your daily routine.
Boost Your Strength with CBP Care
The true experts in holistic spine care are chiropractors that are specialized in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). They follow a specific evidence based protocol that focuses on the root cause of spine misalignment. Once any possible issues with the spine are sustainably addressed, you can then focus building your health and fitness goals. Find a CBP care provider in your area, if available, today to get started.