You tweak your back or pull a muscle. You’re in pain, your normal everyday life is affected, maybe you even miss a day or two of work …
So you treat the site of the injury. You ice your strained muscle. You take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory. You rest and stay off the injured area.
All this is fine and dandy, but there’s one big problem with this approach: It doesn’t address the root of the problem.
Maybe you tweaked your back lifting something heavy – but you were using improper lifting mechanics, and your core muscles are pathetically weak.
Maybe your new running program is causing you knee pain, but muscle imbalances in your hips and lower extremities are causing unnecessary stress on your knees.
The answer? PreHab.
This approach focuses on strengthening weak areas, addressing flexibility and muscle imbalance issues, and attacking common problems before they start. It’s the best way to take a preemptive stance to injuries and pain and to bounce back from the challenges life throws at you.
Example(s) of PreHab exercises/workouts/programming? I’ve been focusing on this topic for the last month or so on this very blog – check out these posts:
In summary, taking a preventive approach to injury prevention and pain management can go a long way. I touched on basic concepts in this article, but please search out more info and learn more about this topic if it’s one you’re seriously interested in (and check out the resource I mention below) – thanks for reading and talk soon -
Forest Vance, MS, Corrective Exercise Specialist
P.S. If you’d like to learn more about this approach and get some specific PreHab strategies, exercises, and workouts, please take a look at my new PreHab Revolution program – it’s a package of reports written around the exact concepts I covered in the article above: