Sporing prevention is one of the most important aspects of playing a sport. Spring is finally here and (hopefully) the weather will be a little more forgiving for those who like to, or want to, exercise outdoors.  You might be trying to tone up a little for the summer, wanting to get out more with the family, or just trying to add a little more exercise into your lifestyle, but the last thing anyone needs is a reason to stop! Let’s talk briefly about one of those – pain.

When it comes to exercise, and especially new activities or increased loads of exercise, there are two type of pain to consider (broadly speaking).  The first is something we’ve all experienced to one degree or another – delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS.  If you’re loading muscles that haven’t been used in a while, or adding in much heavier or more intense loads than usual, a little pain is expected.  DOMS usually comes on the next day, hence the ‘delayed’ and will last a couple of days. It usually affects muscles broadly, not just in one small specific spot, and gradually improves with some rest, treatment, and keeping exercise loads to a more manageable level.

The other type of pain I’ll mention is injury pain.  This occurs due to a physical injury to one muscle or joint, or part of one muscle of joint.  It’s usually felt immediately and can be very specific and intense, and the recovery can vary significantly depending on severity.  It’s this kind of pain that usually stops people from exercising.  If severe enough, it can stop people working or even just putting on their shoes and socks.  This injury pain is certainly treatable, but best avoided.  Prevention is key.

The common sense things we all know but often forget are still of huge importance here. If you’re making changes to your exercise routine, make sure you’re sleeping well, eating healthily, and drinking enough water.  Make changes gradually, and aim for long-term change, not crash transformations.

To better understand your body, it’s muscles, joints and more, visit a Chiropractor and find out where and how you can improve.  Get a massage to aid in muscle condition and recovery.  Talk to a dietitian to best plan and monitor changes in your diet.

A little bit of prevention might save you a lot of pain (and time and money) down the road. 

Written by:
Chiropractor, Dr Flynn Pettersson