Get Fit for Daily Life
Improving fitness can improve muscle and joint problems
Get Fit for Daily Life!
As we get older, we can often lose the fitness we once had. This can lead to many day to day activities becoming more of a struggle and cause muscle and joint problems.
Regain your fitness and start feeling like the younger you!
Get patients to understand that a common cause of musculoskeletal aches and pains can be simply due to poor fitness.
Many people attend their GP or therapists with various aches and pains that could have been avoided.
Not all aches and pains are due to injury or degenerative changes.
Many are simply due to the stress and strain placed on our muscles and joints because the person is not fit or strong enough to cope.
When we are younger we are usually more active which makes our body’s tissues strong and fit to cope with all the activities we ask our body to do – run, jump, climb, skip, hop. But as we get older many people tend to become less active – our lives become more sedentary – sit all day with our jobs, partake in no physical activity,…and this can carry on for years.
It’s not surprising then that if we become unfit and our muscles weaken to a point where they struggle to cope with many day to day activities – some people will struggle with short walks or periods of physical activity and even to the point where daily chores are a struggle – washing the dishes, hoovering.
The aches and pains that people experience during these simple activities often trigger the response that there must be something wrong, broken, damaged and that it needs to be fixed and investigated.
Off to see the physio, chiropractor, osteopath to be quickly fixed…this doesn’t work… as a click or a clunk doesn’t make you fitter or stronger. Unfortunately many of these visits can fill people’s heads with ideas that there are many other things that could be wrong with them other than poor fitness and strength which leads to the inevitable wish to have some form of investigation.
With these patient’s it’s not surprising that their investigations often return normal (beit a few bit’s of wear and tear that’s normal for their age).
Some patient’s will continue to look for a structural cause to their pains…either due to their own beliefs or maybe due to what they were told during some of their previous appointments.
These investigations of MRI scans, x-rays, CT scans etc do not show how fit or how strong their muscles are..simple muscle tests do. Simple exercise tests can identify strength problems and if you want to get fancy with equipment – a leg press, static bike can also help demonstrate the if fitness and strength is lacking.
If these tests that can be easily performed in a clinic can demonstrate that a patient has great difficulty with performing simple strength/ fitness tests then this is the evidence that is needed to show patients that this is the most likely cause of their pains.
Unfortunately for some patients the solution is not as simple as getting them to put on their trainers and get exercising…
The mindset needs to change…the beliefs need to be altered…and if a patient’s fitness is so low that even simple day to day activities can cause pain then it’s a deep hole to lift your patient out of.
But if patients can get on the right track and if their fitness level is not so low that pain is easily triggered then many of these patients current symptoms will improve. The other important point is that patients who become involved in exercise to increase their fitness levels are giving themselves the skills to prevent further occurrence as well as the tools to become healthier both physically and mentally.