Just because you are in pain or injured does not mean you are fragile. Patient advice, education, and treatment that carries an over reliance on rest, ice, immobilization, and drugs only promotes fear-avoidance behaviors in patients – leaving them feeling fragile. What they need instead is graded exposure and reactivation to physical activity through movement re-education, strength training, and re-conditioning.
Research and clinical guidelines are consistently supporting exercise as THE number one intervention for back and joint pain.
Exercise provides the best long term outcomes. Sadly most people are never introduced to proper exercise for their back/joint pain OR would rather simply mask their pain symptoms with a drug, brace, tape, or some sort of passive modality yet they wonder why their pain continues to return.
These interventions have their merit, I’m not dismissing them as useless. However, when there is an over reliance upon these interventions without a shift in focus to graded exposure to physical activity through movement and exercise – it is easy to conclude why some people fail to get out of pain.
It’s one thing to change pain, it’s another to change how the body functions and impact the reasons WHY you developed pain in the first place. If you don’t change function, this is the reason why patients relapse often.
Exercise become our gateway to change in the body. Exercise is treated like a drug in terms of dose and response. We need to dose (i.e. how much, what kinds, how often) exercise appropriately in order to get the ideal response (i.e. reduced pain, improved function).
Proper movement and smart exercise is the best medicine so let’s dish it out!
You can accomplish more than you can imagine in just 15 minutes of daily, targeted exercise that is intelligently implement to address your weaknesses and eliminate your pain generators. Or the other option is to spend the majority of your day in pain, implementing questionable interventions that will do little to solve your problem in the long term.
Exercise should be viewed as a means to improve your quality of life. A means to make every day activities easier on your body. Or a means to improve function and therefore improving endurance, strength, power, and athleticism.
If you are ready to eliminate pain, erase weaknesses, improve how your body functions, or simply get in the best shape of your life – Gallagher Performance will get you on the right track to achieve those goals.
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