When I talk to my patients about the importance of cross training, the strength training component is typically what they are most nervous about. Understandably so, especially if it is a new type of exercise or if they are in pain. When pain is present, the last thing on our minds is picking up weights. However, strength training can actually help resolve pain, when performed under the guidance of a qualified physical therapist.
Strength training is more than just building strong muscles to look good in the mirror. By gently loading specific parts of your body in a pain-free manner, it can restore the underlying muscular support needed for your joints to move freely and painlessly again. This specialized form of strength training is called neuromuscular activation. It's more about regaining control of the smaller muscles than pumping up the bigger muscles.
As you regain deep core control and joint stability, this type of strength training should improve your mobility and flexibility, which are two goals I frequently hear from my patients. Having mobility and flexibility allows us to participate in the physical activities we love. As an added bonus, resuming physical activities can help increase blood flow to the painful areas, promoting healing and reducing inflammation.
Lastly, strength training can also help decrease stress and anxiety, which are often associated with pain. Exercise has been shown to release endorphins (the body's natural painkillers) to alleviate pain and therefore, improve mood.
Now if all of this still feels overwhelming, finding a qualified physical therapist is a great place to start. At Activcore, we use the Redcord suspension system to help you safely exercise. It sort of feels like you're floating on water. This is super beneficial because it allows for strength training while reducing stress on the joints. As you start feeling better, you will continue to progress from Redcord to full strength training.
Our performance specialists are also available teach you how to strength train. They incorporate other specialized methods like Pilates and Gyrotonic exercise for long term success.
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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are based on the opinion of the author, unless otherwise noted, and should not be taken as personal medical advice. The information provided is intended to help readers make their own informed health and wellness decisions.