Exercise can relieve pain


June 27, 2016

Many people often stop or reduce physical activity due to pain.

Training can be adapted around discomfort. However, there's a school of thought that 'movement is medicine'. Pain in the joints, tendons and ligaments is often link to poor posture, bad movements, weak or tight muscles. Some common complaints may include these three issues: knee pain, lower back pain and shoulder pain.

Not all of the pain in the mentioned areas are a result of bad posture or poor movement. Therefore, suggestions I will make aren't conclusive; however, I will present today what can help frequent complaints in the above-mentioned areas of the body.

Knee pain can be caused by a weak posterior chain. These are the muscles located in the back of the body. Strengthening the muscles of the posterior like the gluteus (butt) and hamstring has proven to reduce knee pain. This could save you a trip to the doctor if this is the common source of your knee pain. Back pain is often caused by inactive gluteus muscles. This can put a strain on the lower back and hamstrings, resulting in tightness and discomfort in the lower back. This can be resolved by an increase in stretching of the hamstrings and lower back, also by activating the gluteus, by doing gluteus-specific exercises.

A common source of shoulder pain is bad posture. A lot of us who frequently use mobile phones and sit at desk frequently start to develop a kyphosis posture. This is when the shoulders start to round inwards - otherwise known as hunchback. This can be corrected by strengthening the muscles in the upper back and stretching the muscles in the chest.

The issues discussed are not always the source of pain in the mentioned body areas. If you are unaware and is suffering from pain, please see the general practitioner, chiropractor or physiotherapist.

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