I’m not a doctor, consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.
Being in pain sucks. If you’re in pain, apply the recommendations in this article and you’ll be salsa dancing pain-free in no time!
Avoid the Cause
The first strategy to living a pain-free life is to get clear on what causes your pain.
Pain triggers can be things like sitting for more than an hour, performing a particular exercise, or sleeping.
“Every time I barbell squat, my back hurts” → Don’t do that!
If you notice times when your pain is greater, realize that the triggers for your pain are the clues to understanding the underlying causes.
Back Mechanic by Dr. Stuart Mcgill is the back pain resource that can help you understand the causes of your back pain.
Knee Ability Zero by Ben Patrick provides functional solutions to knee pain.
Rebuilding Milo by Dr. Aaron Horschig is a solution to most pain caused by lifting weights.
It can take months or even years to learn about the causes of your pain, but with each new lesson you learn, you empower yourself and get one step closer to pain free living.
If you have joint pain, getting movement throughout the day will provide blood flow to the area and aid recovery.
Exercise isn’t something to do 2-3 times per week in a gym; exercise is a way of life.
The secret to getting healthier and more mobile is to make it a part of your daily routine.
Instead of sitting on the couch when you watch tv, sit on the ground and stretch.
When you brush your teeth, stand on one leg or sit in a deep squat position.
When you wait for the train or for a friend, sit in a deep squat position.
Get up from your desk every hour and do some walking.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
There isn’t some magical workout to get you healthy.
The recipe for healthy joints is to use them regularly! Look for movement opportunities throughout the day!
Start your morning with 5 minutes of stretching as you drink your water. Before bed, sit with your legs up a wall as you read.
There are limitless opportunities for daily movement if you only look for them!
Doctors are trained in drugs and surgery, and the data shows that these are almost always a poor choice for long term chronic pain relief.
Finding a physical therapist or personal trainer with experience dealing with your type of chronic pain can save you years of effort.
I recommend you see as many experts as possible and take from them what works for you.
Sometimes all it takes is one meeting to completely change your direction and outlook. If one meeting and $200 can completely change the trajectory of your life and pain, is it worth it?
Seems like a no-brainer to me.
If you’re dealing with chronic joint pain and you’re looking for help, schedule a consultation to get started today!
Hope this helps! - Tom