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Should You Exercise Through Pain?

Should You Exercise Through Pain?

Pain is complex, and deciding whether a pain is ‘bad’ enough to get something done about it can be tough. Exercising can be a pain but can also cause pain. Contrary to popular belief pain is not always ‘bad’, as pain and tissue damage are poorly correlated. For example, migraines and muscle cramps can be painful but are not due to tissue damage/trauma.

There are certain things I ask my patients to determine whether they should be exercising through the pain, or resting. These include:

  1. Are there signs of severe injury such as swelling, bruising, locking, giving way?
  2. Can you easily modify the pain – does slowing down a little, taping or wearing different shoes change it?
  3. What is the pain response – how bad is the pain, does it go away immediately, does it last overnight? The longer it lasts and more intense it is usually a sign of a ‘bad’ pain.
  4. What is the pain producing structure? Different tissues respond differently to exercising.

Pain during an event can be different. Some would say “the pain of failing stays longer than the pain of injury!”

It’s always your decision whether to exercise through pain. However, as a general rule, if it’s more than 5/10 and is getting worse each time you do exercise, it’s probably time to get it checked out by a professional.

Shin Splints? They Can Be Fixed!

Do you suffer pain in your shins when running or playing sports, even walking long distances? Many people suffer shin splints, often chronically and end up sacrificing their sporting endeavours due to it. The good news is that it can be fixed, the bad news sometimes it requires patience! Medial tibial Pain Syndrome or Shin Splints is trauma caused to the shin by repetitive pulling from the muscles of the lower leg that attach to it. Running and jumping sports can cause tightening of these muscles, this therefore increases the force of which they pull at their attachment on the shin. This can cause pain and swelling, often severely, causing pain when walking. Unfortunately for sports the sports fanatics out there, the best treatment for this is rest! However, physiotherapy can speed up the process, the use of very effective strapping techniques and extracorporeal shockwave therapy as well as dry needling can aid recovery. If treated with rest and preventative treatment Shin Splints need not be the end of the world!

Two examples of Calf stretches that will help prevent Shin Splints:

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