Using Muscle Activation Techniques To Reduce Pain

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Using Muscle Activation Techniques To Reduce Pain

Have you been sitting a lot more lately? You’re not alone. With nowhere to go and nothing to do it seems like we go from sitting at a desk all day to sitting on the couch watching tv all night. Unfortunately this is a great way to seriously screw up our muscles and cause pain, particularly back pain. Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, and part of the reason is that we let it go for so long before even attempting to treat it. Pain of all kinds can be treated, and muscle pain can be treated by recognizing the weakness behind it and working to strengthen those muscles that are being compensated for.

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Once an injury occurs, it needs to be fully addressed. Part of the problem with injuries is that they take a long time to heal, and people don’t have the ability to take all the time they need to get better.

Physical therapy is a tool that can help people work toward a life without pain. While visits with a PT provider may only happen once or twice a week, the exercises they give you can be done at home or work, significantly reducing your chances of sustaining further injuries.

Prolonged injuries that are left untreated lead to muscle pain, which happens when an injured body part has to be compensated for by other parts of the body. Pain in one area usually means weakness in another, so addressing that weakness can get you back to your normal level of functioning.

Tightness and weakness can be addressed through physical therapy, exercise, and massage, and often using all three together is the best approach. But the real key is keeping up with your exercises long after you leave PT or you run the risk of ending up in the same position again.

Making small adjustments to your daily life can have a major impact on your life and can prevent pain. Learn more about muscle pain and how to fix it from the infographic below.

Muscle Activation Techniques

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Jacob Wolinsky is the founder of ValueWalk.com, a popular value investing and hedge fund focused investment website. Jacob worked as an equity analyst first at a micro-cap focused private equity firm, followed by a stint at a smid cap focused research shop. Jacob lives with his wife and four kids in Passaic NJ. - Email: jacob(at)valuewalk.com - Twitter username: JacobWolinsky - Full Disclosure: I do not purchase any equities anymore to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest and because at times I may receive grey areas of insider information. I have a few existing holdings from years ago, but I have sold off most of the equities and now only purchase mutual funds and some ETFs. I also own a few grams of Gold and Silver

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