Janda Principles

Assessment, stretching and exercise Programs at Mortdale Physiotherapy and largely based on Janda Principles, and priciples learned through Tai Chi.


There are consistent and repeating patterns of muscle tension or weakness following injury.  Neuro-biologist Vladimir Janda demonstrated recognisable trends after injury.  Some muscles consistently become tighter, and others weaker. Examples of common problems due to the muscle imbalance are: pain behind the knee cap due to its mal-tracking; and pain in the shoulder due to tendon impingement.


Andrew uses knowledge of these trends to enhance his assessment and treatment of muscle imbalance when designing individualised exercise programs. These programs usually include posture exercises emphasising core stability, and stretches.

This approach is as relevant for new injuries,  as it is for old problems, from acute ankle strain, to ongoing back pain.

All injuries including sports and occupational injuries usually require a combination of different treatments. Return to full sport or occupational fitness, is enhanced by activity specific exercises (functional re-training).


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