muscle spindles

Reading Christy Cael’s article in this month’s Massage and Bodywork was, again, enlightening because it urged us massage therapists NOT to neglect muscle spindles for our patients! Muscle spindles are, ultimately, proprioceptors (they give information to our central nervous system that tells us about our position in space, which helps us prevent injury, mostly) that specifically protect our muscles from being overstretched. In keeping with the ultimately, endlessly fascinating human body, they recalibrate themselves so that the muscles can be stretched in the right way and at the right time! A massage therapist can decrease muscle tightness (hypertonicity) then by deactivating the muscle spindle IN THE RIGHT WAY, which is slowwwlllyyy. Each time the muscle and muscle spindle is stretched then, it’s a safe, exponential way!

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