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Old 11-30-2008, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by klosey View Post
now if this can help muscle growth, would facia streching or general stretching (full muscle contraction) simulate the same anabolic effects as lifting but without the muscle breakdown?
I think that fascia stretching is causing muscle growth and changes in strength by at least two mechanisms.

1. By actually causing muscle damage similar to an eccentric contraction you are pulling cross bridges out of place

2. possibly by providing more room for growth

So it should stimulate changes in protein breakdown to, but with amino acids and the stretching induced changes in protein synthesis overall protein balance should be positive
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