Flexibility and Strength

By: Michael Hofstatter, Physiotherapist May 01, 2014
Flexibility and Strength| Elite Physio, Mississauga, ON

What is the Relationship Between Flexibility & Strength?


This is a very important concept that we begin to take for granted as we get older, mainly because we still think we can move and run like we used to twenty or forty years ago. As we get older, the matrix that forms our tissues begins to “dry” out, becoming less pliable and our lifestyle typically follows a more sedentary path. This matrix does not become replenished as it once did. This means that our muscles, tendons and ligaments are not as elastic as they once were and requires a greater effort to maintain flexibility. The end result is chronic muscle tension and stiffness with poor range of motion. This is why injuries tend to increase with age. There is an integral relationship between flexibility and strength and although the concept seems simple enough, it’s not.

These two are so closely related that if there is an imbalance over the other, injury will result in one of two ways:

  • Increase in flexibility without strength results in joint instability
  • Increase in strength without flexibility results in soft tissue tears, sprains or strains and postural changes

The most common long term effect that this imbalance creates is what is called degenerative joint disease, or more commonly referred to as, arthritis. This is a gradual process that often goes unnoticed until it’s too late. Quite often it can be delayed, slowed down or in some joints avoided altogether through a better balance between these two factors.

Have our highly trained therapists evaluate you for any possible imbalances and take a proactive approach in your own health.



Elite Physio - Mississauga’s principal and lead therapist, Michael grew up only minutes from where the clinic is located and has returned back to the Mississauga area to once again make it his home. Michael completed his degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Manitoba and has since worked in several disciplines within the scope of physiotherapy, including private clinics, hospitals, home settings, and research. Michael has completed several continuing education courses which include Advanced Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, spinal manipulation, advanced muscle release, fascial release, joint mobilization, and sport specific treatment and exercise for golf, hockey, running and he is also trained in general strength and conditioning.

Michael also has training in assessing and treating pre- and post-surgical patients for the back, neck, shoulder, knee, ankle, as well as joint replacements for the hip and knee. Previous to this he was in the Canadian Armed Forces where he dedicated over 20 years of service, serving in Canada and Europe and overseas missions. Michael has treated both professional and amateur athletes and is an instructor in Contemporary Acupuncture at McMaster University and continues to upgrade his skills to ensure that his patients receive the best care possible. Michael has a strong sense of community and believes in a healthy balance between an active lifestyle, and proper nutrition and mental health.