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Rest is best? Wrong

If you think resting is the best way to deal with an injury this will be eye opening...

From a young age I always remember those older than me being told to rest when they picked up an injury.

Back pain? 6 weeks bed rest

Knee pain? Don't put pressure on it

Shoulder pain? Don't move it

In theory, yes, this sounds like a great idea.

After all, if it hurts when you're moving, then moving is going to be the last thing you want to do.

However, I'm going to tell you that it's one of the worst things you can do.

Why's this?

If you're resting you aren't encouraging injured tissues to heal. They require movement to release chemicals to help repair and strengthen muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Not only this, but you are also mentally going to put yourself back a few steps. The longer you rest, the harder it is going to be to want to use these muscles as you've been protecting them. This may mean other muscles may become overworked resulting in other issues.

So next time you pick up an injury, first of all don't panic. Yes, take it easy initially, but as soon as you can, start loading that muscle and allow yourself to get some movement.

You'll heal up faster and be back to doing what you love to do before you know it.

Worried about what's too much, reach out and we can see where you are up to in your injury stage

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