6 reasons why you get pain and injuries
When we talk about injuries, we mean two specific types
- Ones that start as small niggles but get worse overtime (chronic injuries).
- Pain that seems to come from nowhere, without a reason like a fall. (idiopathic).
You want to find a specific reason but injuries like this are the result of wear and tear over time, months or even years. The body can take quite a bit of punishment but at some point it will push back!
1 Lifestyle – What you do everyday matters!
The things we do day to day affect on our body. Some in a good way but lots of things that you take for granted, are creating hidden issues, How we move, positions we sit in, using our phone, the shoes we wear can cause our bodies to literally warp and change. These changes create imbalances, like problem areas and poor posture.
2 – Poor posture = ticking time bomb
Posture isn’t just how you stand. Its the relationship between your bones, muscles and connective tissues. Poor posture means that these structures have physically changed, so muscles stop working as they should. Some get long and lazy and underwork, so others respond by over-working and get tight. Overtime tight muscles get sore, they tighten around joints so the joints hurt. Its a ticking time bomb of injuries waiting to surface.
3 Poor posture, poor biomechanics
Just as there is ideal posture, our body has ideal ways of moving. Your posture is the starting point for all movement. So if your posture is way off ideal then you cannot carry out movements as intended. Just doing them will add wear and tear to joints and tissues. Repeating them as exercise and adding weights (more impact!) will speed up that wear and tear!
4 – Breathing
We take it for granted, our breathing, But its estimated that 80% of adults have some form of breathing dysfunction. How you breathe affects your posture, how your muscles function and how you move. It can reduce your oxygen uptake which will affect all your bodily processes and cells. The breath links the mind and the body. how you breathe can change how you think and how you feel, it can help regulate stress. Learning to breathe can transform the health of your body and mind in a multitude of ways.
5 – Overtraining or stress
Exercise is a form of stress…. we have all heard about the issues with too much stress. What people don’t realise is the body can’t tell the difference between different types of stress. It responds the same to all stress. Too much exercise, piling intense exercise on top of other stress, like life and mental stress or just not enough rest and recovery will break you down. This is basically what over training is. Knowing when to rest and how to recover is a crucial part of any training plan.
6 – Ignoring what your body is telling you
Niggles and pain should not be ignored. They are the body telling you that something isn’t right and that the health of our body (musculoskeletal system) is declining… Ignoring these early signs will lead to worse issues down the line. It’s the bodies way of telling us we need to make a change.