“No pain, no gain” might be the worst phrase ever uttered in the gym. Asking the question, “Is it soreness or pain?” is a close second. At the end of the day, both pain and soreness are unpleasant. Attempting to delineate between the two is meaningless for most of us. For trained people who are highly attuned to each response their body has after exercise, sure, they can tell the difference. For everyone else, any kind of discomfort is typically a deterrent to continue making treks to the gym or lacing up running shoes.
I thought the yoga would work.
Or the acupuncture. I was really optimistic about the acupuncture.
Before that, I had high hopes for the physical therapy, hypnosis, new mattress, red light therapy, and special office chair.
It’s not that these remedies failed. Each offered some help — a brief respite from the searing low back pain that had come out of nowhere and attacked me. But none provided any lasting relief.
It was maddening.
I was a healthy person. I’d been active my whole life. Then one night, walking home from dinner, I felt a sharp pain in my…
Trusting the internet for medical advice has always been a crapshoot. A runny nose paired with a vivid imagination can quickly metastasize to a terminal prognosis from a number of sources, and often you don’t know the qualifications and motivations of social media advice-givers. But 27.5 million Americans don’t have health insurance, and even those with health care can find the out-of-pocket costs of physical therapy to be an insurmountable barrier. Sometimes it feels there’s nowhere else to go, really, but online.
For more than a century, the prevailing medical advice on the best way to heal after injury or surgery was to rest. But over the past few decades, research has made it clear that movement speeds recovery, and now experts recommend incorporating appropriate exercise into a rehabilitation program as soon as possible.
That doesn’t mean people should start squatting the day after knee surgery. Injured or repaired tissues still need time to heal before they can handle normal loads. But physical therapists are now embracing a technique they claim allows people to give their muscles the kind of workout they…
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