Lance Dreher, PhD: “Yoga does NOT Fix Tight Muscles” | #MuscleMonday

Lance Dreher, PhD: “Yoga does NOT Fix Tight Muscles” | #MuscleMonday


(upbeat music) – If you’re like the many Americans that are out there that have tight muscles and you’re doing Yoga, thinking that it’s gonna improve that. You may be doing the wrong thing. upbeat music) A lot of people do Yoga to fix tight muscles. Tight muscles are a result of muscles being overly
developed in one area, the opposing muscle groups are underdeveloped so tightness occurs. Yoga will not fix that problem. All Yoga does is causes
stretching reaction of the muscle itself. So what we do to fix it is we identify the problem first, which muscle is too strong, which muscle is too weak. So if my pectorals are tight, I wouldn’t stretch the pecs. I work the muscles between the shoulder blades which causes the pectoral muscles, the chest muscles to relax, bringing my shoulders back allowing the muscles
between my shoulder blades to relax. I’ve now identified the problem. So what you do then is
you’re re-establishing the length of the muscle
in a relaxation state. Okay, so if my shoulders
are pulled forward, I want to get the shoulders back. If my hamstrings are tight and I want to get those
hamstrings to relax, because those can be
overly developed as well. Then I’m gonna exercise the front of the thigh, particularly at the top by keeping the leg straight, almost like a kick. When you lift the leg forward like that with the knee locked, the ankle locked, then the hamstring muscle
has to reciprocally elongate or relax. If you do this, you’ll restore muscle
balance to the muscle groups. The whole body is set up like that. If I have lower back tightness and pain then I work the
lower abdominals by doing reverse crunches or
lower abdominal crunches. That will cause the muscles in the lower back to relax. If I have tightness in the back of my neck then I work my muscles
in the front of my neck by lifting the head up. If I have shoulder pain then of course we have
the rotator cuff exercises that you’ve seen so many
on on Muscle Mondays. The whole body is set up like this Yoga does not fix that problem. Yoga just stretches okay, and if the muscles become too loose then what happens then is
there’s a lot of stress placed on the joints because the joints become too loose putting a lot of stress on the joints increasing the risk of ligament tears. That’s a bad thing. So again, muscle balance, reset exercises, opposing Yoga. Yoga does not even fit
in the same category. Do muscle balancing, resetting
exercise, you’ll fix those tight spasm muscles. So if you’re doing all
the corrective exercises that we talk about in our Muscle Mondays, one other thing that I would add to this, take your MAG SRT. Magnesium causes the muscles to relax and it’s really effective in regards to a nutrient
that helps musclce spasm, no doubt about it. So if you have tight muscles particularly leg cramps at night then make sure you include MAG SRT, and we’ll see you on
the next Muscle Monday. – Guys, you can connect with Lance at doctorfitnessaz.com also his radio show runs on Saturday morning 8:00am to 9:00am here locally in phoenix on 550KFYI and streaming across the internet on iHeartRadio. So look it up. It’s the Dr. Fitness show. Lance, good seeing you again man.
– Thank you Patrick. – Hey guys, I hope you enjoyed that
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