Making the most of an injury

Posted: March 24, 2015 in Uncategorized
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I woke up a few weeks ago with an aching shoulder that has been getting progressively more painful. 

It is extremely frustrating to be helps back by physical limitations. On one hand I know I can’t push it too hard but I hate the idea of sitting around waiting to heal. This is why I determined to try to figure out a way to use this to my advantage.

The annoying this with shoulder (and elbow) injuries is that pretty much all upper body exercises use them. 

Pain killers aren’t really an option because they only mask the pain and will more likely make matters worse.

Aside from being extremely limited in my physical training I also have to be very careful about what I eat since my activity level is lower and yet my recovery needs are greater. It feels weird to have to diet when I can’t exercise like usual.

I have increased my cardio though, which will hopefully keep my mindset on target and help me to avoid getting fat.

As much as I was hesitant to see a physiotherapist the pain got to the point where I had no choice. My reason to be hesitant is mainly from bad previous experience, and unfortunately physio is one of those fields where being good at your job can mean losing clients.

So how am I going to try to use this injury to my advantage? 

First of all I’m going to be taking a break from heavy weights (of course) and spending more time in the gym focussed on flexibility.

I will also be giving my legs more attention in the gym which. They are not necessarily an area of weakness, but who doesn’t like a nice butt?

One thing I’ve found is that rehabbing a shoulder does not mean completely leaving it alone, but working on decreasing inflammation while gently strengthening the joint. My goal is to come out of this even better than before I got hurt!

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