I injured myself: Can I keep working out like normal?
This is a question that we get asked at the clinic most days. There is always a fine balance between too much and too little rest. If you push yourself too hard on the injury you may make it worse, but don’t do enough and it may slow your recovery process.
When contemplating exercises while injured it’s important to balance all of the factors:
What: Both the location and severity of the injury dictate your ability to return to exercise. While a calf injury may hold you back from running and cycling you more than likely can continue to lift weights and strengthen your upper body.
When: How long ago did you injure yourself? Acute injuries that happened in the last 2-3 days may require more rest than injuries from a week or two ago.
How bad: Rate your pain on a scale of 1-10, anything over a 5 will require some critical thinking before deciding if you should continue to exercise.
Exercise intensity/goals: What are your goals with your training? If you have a goal race 6 weeks out it may be worth being a little bit more aggressive in your return to sport. On the other hand if you are training for enjoyment or a race that is further away being more cautious may be more ideal.
While each of these components plays a role in exercise and injury recovery, unfortunately there is no cookie cutter plan for injuries and exercise. Overall at Connor Chiropractic we do our best to keep our patients moving while helping decrease pain and aid in injury healing. Where possible we allow our patients to continue to exercise and provide support where needed. In some cases the exercise goals don’t outweigh the negative effectives of continuing to exercise and a relative rest period is required.
If you’ve got an injury, new or old, reach out to one of our Chiropractors for an assessment and treatment to help speed up your recovery and get you back to doing the things you love!