November 9, 2015

Sore Now – Strength Tomorrow

Mojo Success story :-) 

Prior to Mojo, Maggie Youssef was ready to seek treatment for some nagging lower back pain. A physical therapist by trade, she thought she should first try strengthening her core to help relieve the pain, so she decided to give Mojo a shot.  She also added stretching before bed time. After only a few weeks, she is tickled to share that her plan worked and her back pain has disappeared. Great news and thanks for sharing, Maggie!

It’s a natural inclination to refrain from exercise when you have back or join pain, but sitting on the sidelines will only do more harm than good. According to John Hopkins, Arthritis Center, exercise is essential to relieving pain. Here are some tips:

  • The more you move, the less stiffness you’ll have
  • The number one secret to joint and back pain is a healthy weight.  Every pound lost takes three to ten pounds of pressure off your joints when walking, running or climbing stairs. 
  • Stronger abs and back muscles help with balance. The more balanced you are, the less likely you are to damage your joints with falls or other injuries.
  • If you have arthritis, stick with low-impact options. High-impact, pounding can increase your risk of joint injuries. Include core (abdominal, back, and hips) strengthening exercises in your routine
  • It’s normal and desirable to have aching muscles after exercising. It means your muscles are building, adapting (and burning fat!)  But if your pain lasts longer than 48 hours, you may have overstressed your joints. Don’t exercise so hard next time. Working through the pain may lead to injury or damage.
  • Stand and sit up straight (!) Good posture protects your joints all the way from your neck down to your knees.
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