Assessing the symmetry of lean mass is an important reason some individuals opt for a DEXA scan.
Assessing Lean Mass Symmetry:
Physiotherapists, rehabilitation specialists, or even personal trainers may use DEXA scans to assess the symmetry of lean muscle mass between the left and right sides of the body. This can be valuable:
After injuries to determine muscle atrophy and guide rehabilitation.
For athletes or individuals who participate in asymmetrical sports or activities, ensuring that they don't develop imbalances that could lead to injury or reduced performance.
To monitor recovery and muscle development over time, ensuring that both sides of the body are developing or recovering proportionately.
We advise a maximum of 200-300g difference in lean mass in the arms. While it's natural to have a dominant arm and some asymmetry in muscle mass, it's essential to ensure that both arms remain functional and healthy. Balanced strength training can help maintain symmetry and reduce the risk of injury.
For legs, we advise the difference to be a maximum of 500g in order to prevent injury.
Assessing lean mass symmetry can provide valuable insights into a person's overall muscle health and functional capability, allowing for more tailored interventions and exercises.