Do you just accept that its normal to get pain from doing certain things? Its not!
Move Well, then Move Often (and live pain free!)
overlooked and whether you know it or not, you are probably guilty of it.
Knowing how your body moves and why allows for targeted strategies to improve it. You need to have the range of movement available, then you need to learn how to control this movement, then you can perform activities in a way that minimises strain and load on the body.
If you have a history of injury, you need to know more about the cause of the injuries- and the answer lies with how you move. Simply treating the symptoms to "get you back to normal" is not enough. If you really think about if, it is your "normal" level that lead to your injury in the first place. Returning to this same state may feel good in the short term, but you are simply getting back on the same rollercoaster that leads to injury.
You know it makes sense, now you just need to do something about it!
Where you are on the above scale dictates the type of treatment that will benefit you. At 1 you will need mobilisations, massage, stretching- things that create more range of movement. Once you have this and are at stage 2 you need motor control and stability. This may come naturally once the range of movement is there or may need specific training (not standard strength work). It is at this stage (3 and 4) that staying active helps to maintain your level, rather than cause injury. It is also this stage that you can safely build strength, endurance, etc to improve performance. Doing this at stage 1 or 2 is reinforcing dysfunction and a guaranteed path to injury.
Additionally, any time you plan on increasing or changing your activity levels it is worthwhile undergoing a movement screen to detect deficiencies in your movement capabilities. This has proven benefits for reducing future injury as long as a proven and functional system is used (testing range of movement and strength in isolated joints wont be effective). Just because your body is capable of tolerating your current demands doesn't mean it will cope with a change or increase in activity. Pre-empting injuries associated with starting a new season or training for a marathon will allow you to perform at a higher level for longer.
Tanunda Physiotherapy is trained in using training in proven functional movement assessment methods to identify for you where you don't move well and why. This allows for a targeted and effective treatment program to be devised to keep you in the gym or garden, on the football field or netball court and playing with the kids.