Pain has been a phenomenon that has been studied under the microscope by some of the smartest minds of the world. It has been shown to alter the way our bodies move from both a conscious and more importantly a subconscious level. People are naturally wired to adapt their movements to avoid pain, hence why many individuals accumulate compensations and motor patterns that either lead to or enforce musculoskeletal dysfunction. Physical therapists have kept this in mind as we prescribe exercises primarily to a patient population that has pre-existing musculoskeletal aches and pains. We demonstrate exercises and nitpick our patients’ form because those particular exercises have been shown to increase activation of a particular set of muscles in order to improve the overall quality of a specific functional activity. Pain can easily deter a patient from performing these exercises with the proper technique, and in which case the exercise loses it’s value in rehabilitation. With this in mind it is very important for a therapist to help the patient communicate their pain or what they may perceive as pain, because it can easily be mistaken for muscle strain or fatigue.
No strain, no gain may be a much more...
Written by Kevin Brown, PT.
Kevin is currently practicing as a Physical Therapist in our Liverpool location.