JohnstonPT: Herniated Discs



NOTES FROM ANDREW I don’t know how many of you read our newsletter eachmonth, or are aware that we host free workshops eachmonth typically at each of our clinic locations.

Being underprepared might be more appropriate to describe what is happening when normal loads or conditions seem result in injury. Sometimes people call these “overuse” injuries. Really what is happening is the level of training is not adequate for doing a desired task or activity. ln this thought process, we are responsible for improving our tolerances by actually doing something ahead of time of exposure to the desired activity. If I expose myself to something I am not prepared for, I am at amuch greater risk of injury. Not that the activity itself is necessarily dangerous. Asweage,wetendtothinkthatthe levelsof loadorstress that the body can handle gets lower and lower. Maybe there is some truth to that. Our joints, ligaments, tendons andmusclesdon’tseemtogetmoreandmoreresilientas we get older. There is a general belief that these tissues naturally breakdown or wear out over time. I don’t believe that this is necessarily true. It makes us almost a victim to age. Maybe we should change our thoughts on this. Approach it from the idea of keeping our body as healthy as needed to be to withstand the things “we used to be able to do”. This will definitely take more preparation as we age- but it is not impossible. We don’t want to stop doing the things we love or feel worse as we age and this iswhyweencouragebeingasconsistentaspossiblewith taking care of your personal health. From exercise, diet, rest/recoveryandevensleep.Changethethoughtprocess from “its easy to overload specific tissues of the body as weage”toweneedto improveour“preparedness”.IfIwant to ski, play a specific sport, carry my kids/grandchildren (whatever is a priority for you), I have to do the work to keepmy body ready for these tasks.The heavier or more intense the activity, the more preparation it will take. If there is any task or activity you are struggling with, give us a call. We can see if we can help you PREPARE better for your success!

WE DO!!! – and these are great classes for anybody who would be experiencing symptoms in the region or just want to learn more about the topics we are teaching about. There is always great information and plenty of time to get your personal questions answered. We have mostrecentlytaughtaboutneckpain, lowbackpain,knee pain and shoulder pain. April’s workshops are running workshops-hopefullyatimelyspringtopic.Youcanalways find and register for our latest workshop on our website ( - look under HEALTH TIPS). Last month when Grant was teaching about common causes of knee pain and strategies for management to decrease needformedications, injectionsorevensurgeryweended up discussing OVERLOADED and UNDER PREPARED . It wasaconversationonhowwe lookatthesourceof injury and how we rehab individuals. I think we tend to understand what “overloaded” is when it relates to our schedules (I was complaining about it last month in my newsletter notes). Overloading our bodies occurs when the stress or load we put ourselves through (intentionally or unintentionally) exceeds the tissues capacity of some component of our body. It seems like a good explanation for so many of our easily identified traumatic injuries. For instance, when we are in a car accident or something we are carrying is heavier than expected or shifts on us unexpectedly. Typically, we see overload injuries occurring when unexpected or atypical loads are experienced. Rarely would someone think of overloading as something good- but we often do it intentionally to tissue to improve its capacity over time.


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