When I speak to people that have the opinions above I like to get to know why they've got pain and what they've been doing to try and fix it. To be fair to most people I've asked they've actually tried to fix their issue, with little success. When I ask what they've tried I usually get a response about being told to run more, go cycling or use the weight machines in the gym (those ones that isolate particular muscle groups - because that's a good thing.... isn't it?). As soon as I hear this my heart sinks. These poor people (most of them anyway) are never going to achieve freedom from pain doing these exercises. What they need is some proper corrective exercise to strengthen the areas that need strengthening, stretch the areas that need stretching and generally most need a bit of a overhaul to get things back in balance.
Easier said than done!
In one article I can't even begin to scratch the surface of corrective exercise and give you actual moves to go away and start doing, but I can open your eyes to a world of health and fitness coaching that people don't know exists. I can whet your appetite to get out there and actually fix that knee problem that's been plaguing you for 10 years or more - if you don't then say hi to you knee replacement surgeon for me when you do get older!
Corrective exercise starts with taking the time to understand what someone's body has been through in their life so far. Broken bones, torn ligaments, ripped muscles - you name it. Once you've got a feel for this you can start to understand what might be the underlying cause of their current ailment - lets treat the cause rather than the symptom. Next you need to see people move. What's their gait like? Are they in balance or is one side stronger / more flexible than the other? What range of movement do they have at different joints and how stable are they? All these questions will help you build up an understanding of the state of their body currently.
Next is the fun bit - starting the corrective exercise.
I've never worked with anyone that hasn't had at least a small something wrong with them when they first start working hard. Corrective exercises tend to be functional (see related article), involve most of the body working together at once, work in 3 dimensions and most of all have clear progressions. There's no point starting your corrective exercise with the hardest variation of the exercise possible. For one, you'll probably make it worse and two, you need to get the most out of each difficulty of exercise before moving to the next to get the most benefit. Slow, steady progression will lend itself to results more than trying to run before you can walk (literally in some cases).
So what's the point of this article?
Well... ask yourself if you've ever injured yourself? Then ask if you've completely fixed all those injuries, or do you still wake up with a stiff ankle from where you sprained it years ago? If you have pain in joints, muscles, bones, tendons etc etc then go and seek some help with corrective exercises. Have a look online at the symptoms you've got and what could be the cause. But, if you want real progress that makes a difference in your life have a chat with me. I'm fed up of seeing people hobbling around when I know they can be fixed - and it's usually pretty simple to do and doesn't require too much hard work.
The point of this article is to tell / show all of you that are carrying old injuries and put it down to old age or something that can never be fixed that most of them can be. Most of the time, with the right exercise you can be as good as before the injury, and actually a lot of the time you can be better!