Preparing the Therapist: Stopping Exercise Routine and Soreness
In this conversation, Terry and the client discuss when to take a rest from exercise and how to interpret soreness after Armaid use.
My PT brought up the idea that I stop my exercise routine. Apparently it could fatigue my forearms further and interfere with my recovery. So I am taking a break. I typically use Armaid through tout the day. I didn't this morning but I did this evening. Now, immediately afterwards, I feel a lot of soreness. I am looking for advice and encouragement. I am aware Armaid can be "overdone." Should I use it more or less than the recommended starting of 2-3 times per day? What does the soreness mean? Do you have more advice related to tendon issues?
I would agree with your PT about limiting or stopping the exercise. Your muscles are already getting 'exercise' with the daily demands, it sounds like. Although stretching and using Armaid in a gently rolling and general circulatory method in this case might be very good. I suggest you don't concentrate on one particular spot too long but rather patrol the whole forearm as well as the biceps and triceps. Go gently rather than too aggressively in trigger point spots.
Other factors to consider that have a powerful negative effect: Are you drinking enough water? Are you eating mostly vegetables in your daily diet? Are you keeping the stressors in your daily life in perspective with meditation, walking, whole body exercise? As it relates to sugar, alcohol, caffeine, processed foods are these being kept to a minimum or not at all? The whole body must be considered when dealing with pain and repetitive strain issues.
Tendon troubles start with too tight muscles. And tightness can be caused from too much overuse as well as the inner cellular environment that bathes and replenishes the cells. So concentrate on 'flushing' (rolling, Circulatory Therapy) with a softer Armaid (Grey or Black) attachment or use the attachment you have more gently.
Do your gentle Armaid routine before you begin your work as well as after. Even if for just a few moments, without doing major time and too much concentrated focus on one spot. Learn your muscle-tightness patterns and focus on the 'repeat offenders' of which muscle groups are always the ones you find that are sore and overworked.
I hope that helps. If you need more assistance I will be happy to help. Even Skype if you like.
All the Best, Terry