Exercise Pain is a Message You Should Not Ignore!

By now, everyone should understand the benefits and role of exercise in maintaining health.

Most people also understand that working out, especially after a few off days, can cause physical discomfort in the form of soreness and stiffness.

However, if you’re feeling a substantial amount of pain during your exercise routine, you shouldn’t just continue to work through it.

Pain is a sign of tissue damage; and if you don't pay attention to it… you may end up with permanent damage.

That said… there are different types of pain and if you're unsure about it all, you should consult with a qualified healthcare professional and/or chiropractor.

Undergoing health evaluations to identify the source of your pain is a great way to learn more about the symptoms you’ve been experiencing and how they can best be addressed.

At Family Health Chiropractic we evaluate functional movements, posture and take xrays to get a well rounded picture of what is happening inside your body.

This enables us to qualify pain you may be feeling in your lower back, hips, legs, or shoulders, as the result of your workout regimen.

Differentiating Soreness and Pain

Differentiating between soreness and pain is difficult for many people, especially if you’re constantly pushing yourself.

Soreness is caused by muscle strain, and often goes away or subsides after several days of regularly working out and proper resting. You can identify soreness if your discomfort materializes as a dull, achy throb. Soreness will most likely dissipate shortly after your workout, and may become noticeable again the following day.

Do not confuse this with tendonosis. Tendonosis occurs when there is repeated load or stress and trauma to your tissues. The tricky part is that tendonosis gets better after you warm up which can signal no big problem for an athlete. It also means that you can continue training over a dysfunction even though you “Feel Better”.

Damaging pain such as sharp, shooting, burning or tearing pain will cause you to adjust your daily routine. This is always a type of pain to get checked out.

If you are experiencing damaging pain, continuing to exercise without addressing the cause of that pain may result in permanent damage to your body. This pain is a sharper, more clear sensation that often comes in waves. This can have long-term ill effects on posture and spinal integrity.

Work smarter, not harder

Because soreness is commonly associated with exercise, you may be ignoring your pain and continuing to hit the gym or the jogging trail, despite being in pain.

Slogans like “no pain, no gain” and “push through the pain” tend not to help, either.

The fact is, it’s important to care for your body and understand when it needs to be cared for.

If you are experiencing consistent pain during exercise, it’s a sign you need to consult with a qualified medical specialist.

Chiropractors – who address bones and their relation to muscles and nerves – can provide you with the care you need to continue exercising. Consulting with a qualified chiropractic specialist could help you determine the best way to move forward from your back or leg pain, and begin working out again.

Chiropractic approaches may involve adjusting the spine for better support if it’s misaligned. Low-impact stretches and exercises may also be employed to facilitate healing. The most important thing a chiropractor can offer, however, is insight into your biomechanics through a Biomechanic assessment. This enables patients to understand how to best care for their bodies by pinpointing postures, tendencies, and areas of concern that may be contributing to exercise pain.

Exercising with the right approach

Family Health Chiropractic provides some of the most thorough chiropractic care in Austin, TX through a Chiropractic Biophysics Approach.

If you’re concerned about uncomfortable sensations during your workout regimen, schedule a free consultation with one of our helpful professionals as soon as possible. We can introduce you to a holistic routine that will allow you to enjoy your exercise time, without causing yourself unwarranted pain.