Should You Work Through Pain?

When it comes to working out, should you really push through the pain? Is everybody right when they say "no pain no gain?"The biggest question I ask when a client has pain is "where is your pain?" The location of the pain ultimately will determine if we will or will not continue through with the exercise.For instance, if my client says they feel pain in their elbows or knees, I put the brakes on.

Should you really be feeling pain in areas that are largely connective tissue?

If a client tells me they feel pain where you can visibly see the white coloration (in the pictures above), there is a problem. The white represents tendon and ligaments.For those of you that don't know, tendons connect muscle to bone while ligaments connect bone to bone.Regardless, you should not be fine with experiencing pain in these white zones. There is almost always a way to identify what may be causing the pain or problem in that area.

What are the main causes of pain in these areas?

First and foremost, pain in the tendons surrounding the knee are generally caused by improper length / tension in quadriceps. Remember, tendons connect muscle to bone.So if the quadriceps are pulling on the tendon too much, it will cause a pain signal. That's the body's way of telling you to stop doing further damage.That is when assessing becomes important. Does the client have full range of motion in their knee? Do they portray any instabilities or weaknesses? Are there any repetitive motions they are loading to that tissue?These are all important questions to consider when identifying the cause of pain.

Are all joint pains caused by this?

Definitely not. Every pain can be very different from one another. The only way to understand what the pain is truly caused by is through a series of trial and error.For instance, as a professional I know how to alter the body's mechanics and length-tension relationships through different methods of myofascial release, stretching and activation tactics.If for whatever reason these methods do not work I admit defeat and understand that the situation at hand is truly not in my scope of practice.

This is when people should begin to seek out other professional help.

This is where I refer out to chiropractors, orthopedists or other professionals that work with different systems of the body.Like I said, no two injuries, pains or problems are always the same, that's why they all need to be treated according to the site of pain, type of pain, etc.So if you experience pain in your joints while exercising you may want to seek out someone will similar services that we provide.It could be a technique thing, it could be a musculature issue or it could be deeper than that. That's why it is important not to let joint pains persist and seek professional help.If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to leave a comment below or shoot me an email at tshamaly@ascensionperformance.com!