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When is pain an injury?

Summer is here and it’s time to dust of the cobwebs and start moving. The “slightly” warmer weather gives us the opportunity to get out and experience the great outdoors! Whether it is going for a run, cycling or just walking. For some of us, it may have been a while since you’ve exercised and you are starting to feel a little achy in places that you didn’t think existed.

After exercising, we may experience delayed onset muscle soreness. This is when you get that constant dull ache in your muscles, which typically occurs a day after the exercise and can last up to 48 hours. This is perfectly normal. However, if this soreness is persisting and doesn’t seem to be easing, then it may well be the start of an injury. The temptation is to try work through the pain (“no pain no gain”). I have used this belief many times before and it has gotten me through a tough training session. But there are times when the pain persists and is present throughout the workout and affecting the ability to train effectively. Suggesting that this pain is more likely to be an injury.

This would be the time to have the injury looked at by one of our chiropractors at Bristol Chiropractic. The earlier the injury is looked at the greater the chance of a quicker recovery and a return to the great outdoors of Bristol!

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