Short cuts, short cuts, shorts cuts… the reason so many are injured, stay injured, are chronically injured is because we are still relying on an either-or mindset… either we are tight or we are weak.
Reality is you cannot take one muscle out of the body – as much as biomechanists, exercise physiologists, etc.. consistently do – and study that one muscle and make conclusions about that one muscle without taking into consideration… well, like the rest of the entire body!
This article in Runners World which is written by a physiotherapist no less, claims (a) anyone can simply assess themselves at home to determine the source of their injury, and (b) anyone can apply one or more of the shown exercises, and ta-da they will have a cure all because… hey, its simple: either you are tight or weak, and only in one muscle at a time… and here is the short cut to solving it all on your own.
If you find yourself working with an health professional, and that health professional claims that the body can be divided up into compartments which function independent of the rest of the body… be warned that you are going to get a short-cut solution.
To health professionals still selling the Rene Descartes mechanistic mindset of the body to patients… you may want to read up on current models of understanding of the body as Descartes’ ideas – as important as they were – are also a few centuries old. We have come a ways since thinking that the body is a machine that can be disassembled into parts and understood simply from ‘understanding’ the individual workings of each part.