Training vs Treatment
Someone who is injured will probably face the pain in different ways. One person will hit the brakes and try to sleep away the pain and become afraid to move. One will go to the cupboard and find the most effective drug for the pain. Another one will refuse to take tablets and use deep breathing through the painful moments and continue with what is planned.
When they have reached the limits of what one can take maybe there will be calls to the centers or directly to a physiotherapist or therapist. There the physiotherapist will probably treat according to their own approach to pain. Some break the lock ups with a “there we go: you may not be able to walk tomorrow, but you have no lock ups!”. Some say “bend right, bend left, oh that hurt yes”, then puts his hand gently on your shoulder and says, “we should probably not do more today because you are in so much pain.”
Others may without examining you give an exercise routine where you “pull the rubber band and lift your arms toward the ceiling ten times, three times a day” to work away the pain.
The optimal solution is if the physiotherapist / therapist can see each client / patient as a unique creature with unique problems. With a chain of symptoms that can hopefully be traced back to an apparent cause of the pain. The pain is an important indicator that the body needs help. Without pain, you would destroy yourself completely, so we should really feel gratitude that the body tells us something in the early stages so there is time left to make a change.
The cause of the pain can be a combination of different things. You may have a body that lacks essential vitamins and minerals. You may have overloaded your body for a long time reaching the ever famous limit of what your system can take and you “lock up” muscularly.
You may have been working with stiffness for a long time without really being disturbed by it, but then a rare bad day you stretch a little too fast after something and you get acute lumbago. Or you slip on a patch of ice and strain your shoulder and neck.
The reasons are endless, but the cure is actually the same. To dissolve muscle blockages, reduce pain and inflammation and to restore normal movement. If successful it will probably pain and discomfort will likely disappear.
Many, perhaps most, feel good by replenishing their reserves with nutrition. I do not mean more energy or protein, but minerals and easily absorbed vitamins. Our soils are clearly impoverished and cooked food is really poor in these substances. That should be no more discussion on whether we need extra vitamin D in the Nordic region. Although magnesium is a substance that most need extra of.
Otherwise, you may need a balanced addition to not eat a lot of individual substances coming out of step with each other. But vitamin B complex and vitamin C is always good.
So what about training!? That is always good! But sometimes we are actually sick in our body from training too hard in our everyday lives. It is not just at the gym or with the running tights in which we practice. If the shoulder area has been working like a dog on the job for so long that the shoulders go numb and joints bolt of pain, rubber band exercise may not be optimal.
If we walk on hard floors kilometer after kilometer every day maybe we should ignore power walks after work and think about what your body needs.
A hard muscle and Fascia stuck together will exert pressure on the joints who wants to move freely. Sometimes all that is needed is to release some tension to get out of the pain.
We can be relieved of tension in different ways. We can do that by releasing lock ups on our muscles, but in the right way. Strength training with heavy loads and few repetitions can do wonders with locked body parts. But to walk a mile is not likely to get the same effect. We must distinguish between burning workout and exercise to unlock the short muscles and tight fascia.
The therapist or physiotherapist can hopefully learn from the client’s body and give advice on what may fit the best. If the diseased parts are so inflamed that they cannot carry without discomfort that person probably does not need the rubber band, but an effective treatment to get out of their cramps. THEN, as the joints are freer to move, it is good with healthy movement to maintain strength and mobility.
But I think we often forget the importance of stretching, completing the movements and stretching the stiff parts. Think of a cat after a nap. We can get so much more power by regaining full movement compared to burdening tired tight muscles further.
We often get a greater effect from stretching and bending after warming up. Some everyday stretching and bending during the middle of the work day is probably best. Instead of waiting until it is completely locked up.
There is something called post isometric relaxation, which lands somewhat under the same category as the deep wave machine. In which we deceive muscle spindles to release muscle contraction, so that we can get the length of the muscle to stretch a little. A resistance is created in which the short muscles can work and hold for a while and then stretch. Then, hold a little and stretch again.
Another technique that tricks a blocked nervous system is to “push together” the joints of the patient. That is impossible for him to do on himself. For example, the therapist can hold the patient’s arm and push up the shoulder to the ears during full relaxation. When the arm is placed back again, the muscles around the shoulder joint are significantly relaxed. The same goes for the hips and the lower back if one leg is pushed up so that the hip approaches the head.
So without talking too much about the different techniques the summary is not to get locked up in a specific template. Bodies are different, depending on what we do during the day, what body type we have and our attitude, different levels of training and rest is suitable.
Many can probably question the need for treatments and think that A; it will go away by itself or B; it is the doctor’s task to fix pain.
I and many others have the opinion that as long as we live lives that are far from balanced, the need for help and therapies will remain. It has been existent and developed in many different branches, all designed to help people out of discomfort and feeling of ill health, not sickness.
Sedentary, stress and a diet that does more ill than it builds us up: all combine to the body developing inflammation, pain and reduced function. Since our procedures and work allows us to be balanced we feel good anyway, but it can be difficult to maintain that state for a lifetime.
Sometimes you need a little help to keep the important movement and flow of energy in the body.
Instead of waiting until an unmanageable state of pain or movement disorder occurs, we may have to accept that some of us need the maintenance of a therapist we feel comfortable with, to keep the feeling of good health.
Now I’m going out and roll an ensilage bale to the pasture, best kind of explosive strength training that does not require a gym membership, and perhaps stretch the front of the thigh after sitting at the computer for a while.