Without a doubt, the resolution fairy strikes most people at the beginning of every year and implants some form of a health goal on their lives. Your new years conversation over a family dinner may well have sounded like this: “This year I will lower my cholesterol and improve my health.” “Good to hear, I have been eating way too many MacFat burgers and it is time to cut some rubber off my belly tyre.” And finally, “Well kids, I will have a 6 pack by May, you just watch and see!” (I know this man personally)
So how do you go about achieving these? Consider the following definitions for “resolution”:
1. a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.
2. the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.
3. the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose.
Are you determined? Do you have a firm purpose to do it? Find a friend who has not made ‘tact’ or ‘sugar coating’ his/her resolution and ask him/her to hold you to it!
I would like to highlight a resolution of which a handful of you may well have made regarding an old injury and the desire to address the pathology, i.e. fix the problem. Firstly, it is imperative to clarify certain phrases; “just leave it, and it will get better”, this is something that your mother said to you when you were a child and had a rash that you kept scratching, this is not something you say about an injury. “I will just work around it at the gym”, you may state this when someone has spilt his protein shake on the floor, NOT about an injury. “Rub it better”, by all means do this if you stand up and bump the back of your head on a table after trying to pick up some peas you dropped off your dinner plate, but not after increasing your swimming training frequency and experiencing radiating pain in the shoulder.
These injuries will remain until you treat the cause. It may be degeneration in the tendon, calcification, instability in the joint amongst many other things. We will prescribe exercises that you will be required to perform to correct the biomechanics of the affected area, and relieve pain. If your injury is still in the inflammatory phase or following an acute injury (eg, twisted your ankle and it has swollen up) then pay a visit to your Physio before the Biokineticist.
So friends, have a wonderful 2012 and let it be the year of resolving your old injuries! I would be happy to help 🙂