Should I Stretch Or Exercise?

Is It Okay To Exercise If I’m Injured?

If you have pain or issues that you’ve been dealing with for a long time, you might have the question, “Should I exercise?” You might be wondering if exercising will help, or just make it worse.

Do either of those cause pain?

If the answer is yes, then you definitely shouldn’t do it.

If the answer is, “well, I try to do it a little bit differently so I don’t have pain,” you shouldn’t do it. If it hurts, don’t do it.

Why You Shouldn’t Exercise If It Hurts

When you have an injury, it’s going to change your movement patterns and biomechanics because your body is very intelligent. It’s going to try to do everything that can to not have you in pain.

If that means you’re going to walk backwards or sideways or bent over, you will do that to be out of pain, and it’s all subconscious.

What we need to do is restore the proper functionality and biomechanics and movement of not only the spine, but of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments as well.

When we do that, then we can get you back to working out and stretching — then, it will have a positive effect and not a potential to injure you further or cause permanent damage.

Make sure you treat the problem before you start working on trying to stretch or exercise when the issue is still there.