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Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
Over the years, I’ve consulted with numerous orthopedists about fitness related injuries. The consensus is that most exercisers ignore the early and standard warning signs of even potentially serious situations. Continuing to push into pain will significantly increase the downtime needed for repair. In some cases, this will result in permanent damage. Denial of pain leads to greatly increased damage.

So how can you tell whether you have an injury..or simply a passing ache? The following three “red flags” tell you to stop the activity for a while and get treatment. Most of the potential injuries I’ve experienced in the last 30 years were evident during exercise or when getting a massage in my Human Touch chair. Once identified, I took a few days off, applied the appropriate treatment, and none of these became a real injury. I’ve had the similar success in advising thousands of others.

1) Inflammation.
     Swelling around an area that is used during exercise is a sign of injury or impending injury. I suggest taking at least 3 days off from exertion of the inflamed area. Your doctor may know of medications or treatments that can reduce the swelling so that healing can proceed.

2) Loss of function.
     If the muscle, foot, joint, etc. does not work correctly then stop the activity. Consult with your medical team to treat the problem.

3) Pain is your body’s sign that something is wrong. Usually a brief vacation from exercise with immedate treatment can get healing on track.

Finishing the workout, when there is only 5 minutes left can dramatically increase the time needed for healing. Getting the right advice on treatment can dramatically speed recovery. Massage therapy, including the use of a Human Touch massage chair, can be very effective, especially in muscle injuries. As always, get your doctor’s advice before any treatment mode is used.

“My mission is to help people improve the quality of their lives through physical activity, body care, and eating energizing foods of quality. The right wellness program is one that includes a balance of activities to empower the individual every day.” – Jeff Galloway

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Jeff Galloway is a member of the Human Touch Wellness Council and enjoys relaxing and rejuvenating in Human Touch massage chairs.