What are the concerns with being inflexible?

Lacking flexibility will lead to muscular imbalances. This will further lead to poor posture, improper movement, and eventually injury. Additionally, being inflexible limits your range of motion which decreases your muscles' efficiency and will limit gains in strength and power.
Wendy Batts
Muscles pull on bones, and bones make joints when they meet. If certain muscles are overly tight, then the bones and joints they pull on will be out of optimal position. Optimal here being defined as a balance of forces across a joint. If there is imbalance across the joint then wear-and-tear will take place over time. This causes discomfort and pain in a joint and even real injury over time if the imbalances go unaddressed, particularly if we are working out and loading our imbalanced joints with external loads like dumbbells, tubing and medicine balls. It’s like a car that’s out of alignment; there are increased stresses that are going to be placed on some areas over others if it’s not balanced. Imagine loading the trunk of that car with more weight. Even more stressful forces are going to be placed and the wear-and-tear will happen even faster.

A movement assessment (like the overhead squat) is a great way to start finding out your imbalances. With results from an assessment, a qualified fitness professional can begin to design a customized flexibility program of techniques and stretches to help keep your muscles and joints healthy.

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