Self Help Tips For a Pain-Free Life
Respect your own limit!
Remember, each one of us has a certain limit. Always judge your limits, instinctively on a scale of 1 to 10. For example, 1 is relaxing on a Saturday reading the newspaper. 5 is carrying groceries. 8 is carrying groceries and walking up the stairs at a fast pace, while you are out of breath and 10 is a maximum effort, where your heart races faster than ever before.
As a general rule, never push yourself to beyond 6-7, especially if you have a prior injury or are recovering from an injury. Always push yourself under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist at Whites Physical Therapy.
Be physically active
You must keep your bones, muscles and joints in a constant state of motion. Never resign yourself to the couch, or think that “exercise is not for me”. The best way to fight pain and recover from injury is to stay active and maintain your fitness level.
Stretch and strengthen your muscles at least twice a week.
Make sure your muscles are properly stretched and strengthened under the supervision of your physical therapist. It is common for aches and sprains to occur, as a direct result of muscles that are tight (inflexible) or weak.
Strength Training at White’s Physical Therapy
In addition to correcting functional deficits after an injury, White’s offers strength coaching for those interested in injury prevention, training for an athletic event, or a total fitness program. Schedule a Free Consultation today. See what Doug White has to offer.