Hidden Injuries. Listen to your joints when they speak to you.

Hidden injuries
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Exercise-related injuries are sneaky and can creep up without you ever knowing what happened. Listen to your joints when they speak to you. The subtle shoulder twinge, inflamed elbow, or grinding knee just might be your joints letting you know they aren’t very happy with your workouts.

Exercise is one of the very best ways to care for our body; however, if we are not mindful, our exercise program can end up being the culprit that causes those troublesome muscle aches and joint pains.  

Somewhat strong and stable

Joints are always the weakest points in any skeleton. The bony structure of most of our joints is too shallow to play a significant role in stability, so that’s the job of the supporting ligaments and muscles.

Ligaments are the tough guys that hold bones together and prevent undesirable joint motion; however, ligaments aren’t exactly the most adaptable tissues. Like taffy they will stay stretched and will snap if stretched too far.

Ligament sprains are one of the most common exercise-related injuries, occurring often at the ankle and wrist when excessive stress on the joint stretches ligaments beyond their limit.

Healthy joint strategy

During your workouts avoid quick, jerking movements and excessive force that can drive a joint out of alignment.

This is an excerpt from Hidden Injuries by Shari Feuz,  published in Alive Magazine, October 2011. Continue Reading….

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