Top 5 Injury Myths You Need To Stop Believing

Myths sometimes weigh so heavily on your mind that you may not be even able to isolate them from actual facts. Same holds true with injury myths. You may often fall victim to such popular beliefs. It’s time to debunk the biggest injury myths circulating around you. Here is everything you need to forget and everything you need to know about injuries.

Myth 1. All Pain Is Good

Yes, any exercise schedule comes with its fair share of aches and pains. We all believe in the ‘no pain, no gain’ principle. But, that is not always true. There is always an initial pain associated with any effort. If you stop your visit to the gym at the first sign of pain, then you may never do any exercise at all. Good pain shows the positive change by which your body adapts to the new activity in your life. But if it is acute pain linked with injury or illness, there is no ‘gain’

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factor. It’s a sign, a warning sign from the body, for you to stop right there. If you don’t recognize it and go ahead with your workout, it may damage your body further. Sometimes, it tampers with your motor patterns, causing them to become dysfunctional. So, it’s important to differentiate between good pain that comes with gain and bad pain that results in hurt.

Myth 2. Stick To Stretching

If you don’t have a flexible body, the first advice you get is to do more stretching. Yes, stretching is important. But, there are other factors you need to consider before stretching out more. When your muscles do extra work than they should be, you will end up with tight muscles. These muscles might be doing the job of some underactive muscle. Or else, there is another reason, which you may have never thought of. Your muscle feels the tightness when they are actually lengthened and weakened. In order to save you from further

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damage from stretching, it tightens your muscles. So, when you try to fix the problem of flexibility, figure out the root cause for it. And then stretch the right way.

Myth 3. Your Hip Pain Is Just A Hip Problem

A common misconception among us. If you have a shoulder pain, you are all set to treat it as a shoulder problem. But, the fact is that it may be related to some other part of your body. Your body does not work in isolation. It’s an ideal example of teamwork. If there is a problem in one area, it might be reflected as pain in some other area. The site of your pain and the source of it may not be the same. To recover from the injury you need to sort it out first.

Myth 4. Rest Is What You Need For Recovery

We

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all have heard that rest is the best medicine. However, a complete rest to get back to form may not work. Yes, you need to rest. But there should be a judicious mix of training and exercise along with it. Your exercise pattern does not have to be as rigid as your pre-injury period. It needs modification, depending on the nature of your injury. To rehabilitate, you should keep moving. When you spend more time resting, your tissues will not be able to withstand the loads imposed on them all of a sudden. Your rehabilitative exercise will make the tissues capable of it on a day-to-day basis. But, you will have to do it slowly, understanding your body’s capacity. Hence, the best way is to seek help from a professional.

Myth 5. Orthotics Is Good For You

Well, it is not. Sometimes, it may make things worse. It interferes with the way you move. Your body will have to make adjustments for a proper

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motor pattern with orthotics. This will be so much hard work for you. Moreover, it may put extra stress on joints. And those who have flat feet often rely on orthotics. But many experts suggest that they can live on with their flat feet as it doesn’t make their life worse. In the long run, orthotics will definitely harm your body.

Surprised to see these myths debunked? This is why you need a professional trainer or a coach. Instead of doing it alone in the wrong way, you should seek help. They will guide you and treat your injury well.