Should I Exercise when injured? Ask the Physiotherapist
Should I stay away from the Gym while I get better? Absolutely not!
A lot of our physiotherapy and exercise patients are concerned about abandoning their regular fitness regime, particularly when injured and experiencing pain. Let’s get one thing straight – the days of a physiotherapist suggesting you should avoid activity are long gone. You should most certainly continue turning up at the gym, in fact we’re probably going to push you there! We will simply look at tweaking some of the programme you are working through. While rest is always a good thing for the human body, strength and exercise are a vital component of rehabilitation.
Tendons respond to loading … But not too much!!
Tendon damage is a very frequent issue presenting in clinic at www.personalhealth.ie.
A tendon is where the muscle attaches to bone. If you imagine a juicy steak – the grizzly bits in by the bone are tendons. A juicy muscle belly is rich in blood vessels, which promote healing once our circulation is good. However the tendons (the grizzly bit) have less blood supply and therefore take longer to heal. Tendons do get better, no need for alarm. They are just a bit more complex. They respond to various forms of therapy and rehabilitation – one such approach is increased loading to help the healing process. Just not too much… and correct technique is vital.
Inflammation vs tissue damage
Tendons can be overworked or overloaded and as a result they become inflamed. There may not be actual tissue damage such as a partial tear/rupture. However, the inflammation caused by excessive loading can be a real irritation.
Running on a dodgy ankle
Think about some long distance running on a dodgy ankle. This might cause the achilles tendon to become inflamed – referred to as a tendinopathy. Sometimes the inflammation in the tendon is mechanical in nature. This means the problem is caused by incorrect mechanics when we run. The solution, while a very keen runner may not like to hear it, might be to reduce time on the road and go to the gym.
Strengthening and Lengthening
Strengthening and lengthening the damaged tissue is a key factor in rehabilitation. No better place than the gym for this. If you are worried about technique, frequency, sets, reps, loading, tempo, duration, rest or any of the above – we can help.
- Firstly, we will walk you through the process in clinic.
- Secondly, we will send on all the exercises from our video library
- Thirdly, we can monitor your progress from afar, but with room for a helping hand
- Finally, we will discharge you back to healthy happy living as soon as we possibly can
So in order to get yourself back out on the roads, or back in the gym, come to Personal Health….
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