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Since the concern with prevention is upon us. Let’s talk about our health and how we can continue on those good intention vibes by taking care of ourselves. I constantly get patients in that are already experiencing pain. Usually, it’s pain that develops over time and is more noticeable with prolonged postures or movement. It’s easy to assume THAT THE REASON FOR THE PAIN IS THE AREA OF CONCERN. The simple answer is, NO!
Our brains have neurotransmitters that make us feel things, do things and well…function. When we have pain, our nociceptors (pain receptors) overtake our brains WHICH MEANS that’s all we notice. What we don’t notice is WHY WE HAVE PAIN and that is a less obvious answer.
Yes. If there has been a direct injury, there is a very good chance that we understand what caused our pain. What we typically don’t realize though is what our body does in order to manage and recover from our pain.
In this time, we change HOW WE MOVE to accommodate OUR PAIN, which means that our bodies are learning new ways to move that may not be good for us and may result in injuries and pain in other areas down the line. It can even result in pain in the same area if we don’t actually address the injury and hope it just goes away with time and we still move like shit.
You see, our bodies are made to function in a certain way. Our hips are suppose to be mobile, our knees are supposed to be stable (they can still move, just in less directions with less ease), and when any of these essential movements are limited, other areas of the body take over.
THIS IS THE PROBLEM. Our jobs and our lives limit us from moving and exploring our bodies REGULARLY. Then we got to the gym or do a sport or do strenuous exercise and are surprised when it’s laborious, taxing or we hurt ourselves. When we already have pain, we either work through it till it’s a problem or we don’t do anything out of fear of hurting ourselves more. That’s when our body goes, okay, let’s shift how we move to make it easier to get out of pain. When we do that, and then sit a lot for work, or exacerbate our pain at work, our bodies get use to pain and also get use to our new mechanics. We may be out of pain BUT it’s not because we’ve gotten better. It’s because (sometimes) we’ve changed our mechanics to reduce pain on a certain area.
So even if we do rehab our bodies and feel better, our bodies have gotten use to moving in the new way that avoids pain and our brain REMEMBERS THAT.
What do we do then?
Regular, moderate exercises. This could be in the form of a warm up, 2-3 movements per day to keep you body aware so that when you play you’re sport you’re ready, different types of exercises to PROGRESS YOU and effectively rehabbing your body from injuries so our body doesn’t compensate and wreck havoc on our movement mechanics. Working with your health professionals continually to address your compensations and movement mechanics that work for you to to improve your posture, your sport or even just make being at work or home more tolerable for your body in a way that doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be FUN because it allows you to live your life with EASE without feeling like you have to limit yourself entirely.
Where do you get this information from? From your chiropractor, physiotherapist, massage therapist, osteopath or a KINESIOLOGIST. Basically, anyone that’s looking at your body, assessing how you move and can make personalized, individualized recommendations FOR YOUR BODY. All practitioners are different so I urge you to really find a practitioner that fits with you and it is okay to find a practitioner that is a good fit. I look for practitioners that listen to me, want to evaluate my whole history and story.
Since I am a Kinesiologist, I can share what we can do from my own perspective. A Kinesiologist specializes in exercise as medicine so they can help integrate what you do with all these professionals for your life and make it more efficient and effective to see your other professionals cause you’ll know how your whole body works. We listen to your whole story and accommodate your lifestyle to actually make exercising for your health doable for your life whatever it may be.
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