I bet your practitioner has told you to ‘do your exercises’ – and experience tells me that you did them – for a little while.  Then you felt better, and quit doing your exercise.

The following stories suggest why this might not be the best for you, and why taking better care of yourself is important.

Exercise pain away – the difference between 90% pain-free, and 100% pain-free

Sue lived with back pain for years.  Most of the time is was low-grade – about 3 on a scale of 10, but occasionally it would flare up and she’d seek treatment.

Regular acupuncture and massage helped, and whenever the pain flared she’d do some stretches.

About 6 months ago Sue started doing Tai Chi weekly.  When I saw her last month I asked about her pain and she thought for a moment and said, “After years of living with it, it’s gone completely.  I haven’t noticed any pain for weeks!

The Real Cost of Crisis Management

Greg has knee pain at intervals – serious pain that stops him doing the things he loves.  We see him at least weekly every time it flares up enough to keep him off the golf course.

When it gets ‘good enough’ he takes a break from treatment and exercise for a couple of months until he has another flare up.

We’ve been talking for a while about the importance of continuing treatment until he gets to 100% and how prevention is better than cure, so last time he kept up his treatments until the pain was completely gone.

We still see Greg every 4-8 weeks, and he hasn’t had a flare up for nearly a year.

Persevering until your pain is completely gone, and then doing maintenance does make a difference to your general well-being!