People in pain usually take time off to rest. While every case is different (which we help guide with our education and training), movement at some level is important in every recovery program.
Here are 7 ways that movement helps to solve pain…
1. Strength- The body needs a strong supportive structure. For example, weakness and dysfunction of the scapula is seen in most, if not all, atraumatic rotator cuff tears. Improving strength and resiliency improves function to take stress off an injury.
2. Natural Medicine- Exercise releases endorphins that distract the brain from perceiving the pain. Time and time again, exercise demonstrates a pain inhibiting effect.
3. Compensation- The body has redundancy in how it moves and stabilizes. This means if one piece is broken, you can train the body to pick up the slack with other muscles.
4. Healing Effect- Exercise helps to wave a red flag around what needs attention. It directs our repair systems towards damage and guides the generation of strong and healthy tissue.
5. Stops “Kinesiophobia” – This word of the day means fear of movement. It’s actually an important factor in the rehab process. Many injuries become worse by a fear that any movement will cause pain or further injury. Progressing through pain-free movement is important in overcoming this fear and getting past an injury.
6. Empowerment- The need to rely on others hinders progress. Exercise instills power and confidence that you can help end your pain. This is important to getting on with an active life.
7. Prevention- There is often fear that even if the pain is gone, an injury will only get worse without surgery. But this is a misconception! Even with surgery, the underlying movement issues that led to the injury aren’t fixed. By addressing the movement issues first, you stop the injury from getting worse and set it up for healing.