I have many people come into my office with those nagging pains that don’t go away. I always tell them, if you are having a pain from a workout that pops up and stays around for longer than 1-2 weeks, you have a problem. It won’t go away and can linger for months and years until it eventually will shut you down. Our bodies have an amazing ability to compensate and continue on with what you want the body to do, until it can’t do it anymore.
So what are some ways we can stop those nagging injuries before they get too serious? Here are my 5 Tips to get Rid of those Nagging Injures.
TIP 1: Take a Rest Break– Your body might need a break. It is not recovering. So give it a break. Taking a day or 2 off is not the end of the world. Listen to your body. Take a day to just stretch. Sometimes it is just what the body needs.
TIP 2: Reduce your Stress- Have you noticed that when you are under a stress time, that your body does not feel good while training? That you are not recovering from your workouts? Your body is spending so much time and energy with the event that you are stressed about that when you try to put energy into a workout, it just is not there. Stress and pushing your workouts can lead to those nagging injuries. So go to Yoga or take 3 deep breaths and do this 3-4 times a day, you might be surprised how it can help reduce your stress levels.
Tip 3: Get good sleep- When you do not get good sleep, your body will be tired and therefore when you push your body with your workouts your recovery will not be good. The lack of recovery can lead you down the path of a nagging injury. So make sure you go to bed at the same time each night or do mediation before going to sleep to slow your brain down. Getting good sleep will help to your body recover from your workouts better and will help you with healing.
Tip 4: Nutrition- Poor nutrition also leads to poor recovery. The American Diet is highly inflammatory and will eventually lead you down the path of injuries and disease if you do not make changes. So what do you eat? A diet full of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and healthy grains are what we need to eat. They are full of antioxidants. These foods fuel us to recovery faster so that we can push ourselves more if we want to. The average person needs to get 9-13 servings in their body everyday, but if you exercise the servings goes up. Depending on how much you exercise, it can be as much as 20-25 servings of fruits and vegetables that you need daily. Wow! I know I was shocked too when I learned this information.
Tip 5: Go to a Physical Therapist who is good at diagnosing the source of the problem-A consultation with a physical therapist to get an assessment can help keep you going and figure out what needs to be done to keep you working towards your workouts and goals. If your pain and tightness is lasting longer than 1-2 weeks and these tips do not help, you need to see a specialist. This is nothing serious, but your body is out of balance in some way. The longer you wait, the more layers we as physical therapist go through to get you back to your training. Often we can keep you training while you are doing physical therapy and we can definitely and get you back to your activities quicker.
Are you ready to get help? Are you looking for a physical therapist in Dallas? Did you know we offer a FREE Discovery visit. A discovery session is an opportunity to get a better understanding of what the root cause is for your injury and allow us to help you know what the next best steps are for you for FREE! We do this so that we can get to know YOU better and LISTEN to you so we can get a greater understanding of what you want to get back to doing.
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