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Mechanotranduction - Physio Penrith

We Specialise in Resilience

Research shows that people who demonstrate higher levels of resilience tend to recover faster, manage pain better, be less susceptible to future injury.

At Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic we have a clear philosophy that we apply to all musculoskeletal injuries and complaints. At the forefront is our desire to build capacity and resilience in your tissues - in the intervertebral disc, the tendon, the joint and muscles that move our body. 

We focus on directional preference movements for back and neck pain

At Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic our high quality approach includes these key features:

  • Evidence-based practice: is an approach to care that encourages practitioners to use the best available evidence and critically apply it to the individual patient’s circumstances and preferences in clinical practice. We aim to provide the most effective care that is available, with the aim of improving patient outcomes.

We focus on the judicious use of mechanotransduction

We do not support stretching or foam rolling

Theories of Mechanotransduction

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.

An example of mechanotransduction is how a small, weak bone can be made stronger and larger in response to exercise.


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.

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