Here are some physiotherapist-approved tips for modifying activities without completely stopping.
If you’re struggling with an injury, it can be frustrating to have to give up activities that you enjoy. However, it’s important to remember that you can often modify activities to make them more manageable and avoid further injury or discomfort.
- Focus on what you can do
Rather than focusing on what you can’t do, focus on what you can do. For example, if you’re struggling with knee pain, you may need to modify your running routine, but you can still enjoy other forms of exercise such as swimming or cycling.
- Seek advice from a healthcare professional
If you’re struggling with pain or discomfort, seek advice from a healthcare professional such as a physiotherapist. They can help you identify the cause of your pain and recommend modifications that can help you continue with your activities.
- Adjust the intensity or duration
If your pain or discomfort is related to the intensity or duration of an activity, you may be able to modify these factors to make the activity more manageable. For example, you may need to reduce the speed or distance of your running routine, or take more frequent breaks during a yoga practice.
- Modify the technique
If your pain or discomfort is related to your technique, consider modifying it. This may involve adjusting your range of motion or type of weights (ie. barbell vs. Dumbbells)
- Take breaks
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, taking breaks can help alleviate symptoms and prevent further injury. Consider taking breaks during activities or alternating between activities to reduce the strain on a particular area of your body.
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