Mechanotransduction - #Physio Penrith

Mechanotransduction is a cellular process in which the body converts mechanical load (exercise) to promote healing. These cellular responses promote structural change in muscle tissue, bone cells and vertebral disc.

For example a small, weak bone can be stronger and larger in response to exercise. This is mechanotransduction.

How does exercise promote healing in the cells?

Mechanotransduction is generally broken down into 3 steps.
1. When you give effort during an exercise in your strength program. That “load” is a mechanical trigger.
2. From there this mechanical trigger distributes that “load” amongst other cells. This is done via cell to cell communication.
3. Once the cells are communicated the “load” that was distributed promotes tissue repair and tissue remodelling in the injured or affected area.

Mechanotransduction in the form of loaded movement or exercise is the most important part of Sydney Muscle and Joint Clinic’s philosophy.

Here at Sydney Muscle and Joint Clinic, we strongly advocate for mechanotransduction in the management of all injuries and complaints. Optimal loading is the key to any exercise rehabilitation program and various studies and research articles have supported that mechanical load promotes tissue healing and repair for various musculoskeletal problems.

Understanding mechanotransduction can provide the basis to ensure optimal load is applied for tissue repair leading to long term structural changes and better health outcomes.

At Sydney Muscle and Joint Clinic mechanotransduction is achieved through resistance exercise with strength training doses, most often with the use of heavy cable exercises, dumbbells, kettlebells and bodyweight exercise and is part of all our patients rehabilitation program. Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic believes that “load” has more therapeutic benefits for injuries as opposed to stretching, foam rollers , using light bands and spiky balls.

At Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic our physiotherapy and exercise physiology approach is consistent, high quality and based on the best scientific knowledge.

We deliver evidence-based practice for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, which means you get an approach that is effective, safe, and efficient.

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