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    Should you push through pain when execising?

    Pain; we’ve all had it, we’ve all dealt with it and some of us are still experiencing it. As we enter the depths of winter, a lot of people are beginning to become re-acquainted with their dodgy knee, or tender hip which has seemingly been under control but sudden awaken as the brisk weather has set in.  Chronic pain is defined as ‘pain which has persisted beyond regular tissue healing time’, typically more than 3 months. It can present as a reoccurring issue across a long period of time and can sometimes flare up with no rhyme or reason!

    A really common question we get here at Malvern East Physiotherapy is; “I’m starting to get some pain during this exercise – does this mean I need to stop?” Physiotherapist Michael Scardamaglia investigates when you should and shouldn’t push through pain when exercising.

    Naturally, our body’s defensive mechanism will tell us that we need to avoid anything that is perceived to be dangerous or damaging – but what if our system has become too good at its job? Pain does not always present proportionately to the damage to our body, which is why we will often encourage you to push through it a little. Interestingly, a study in 2017 actually compared the outcomes of those with chronic pain who pushed through painful exercise versus those who did not and found multiple benefits of exercising through that discomfort.

    The first benefit was exercise induced analgesia, wherein the exercises you are doing actually provided a pain-relief effect after a certain amount!

    The second benefit was a reduced overall sensitivity to pain, which relates to our nervous system’s ability to accurately represent tissue damage with a proportionate pain response.

    The third and fourth were around fear of movement and fear of pain. It found that exposing ourselves to a little bit of pain and movement actually increased confidence around movement and exercising more without worrying about going backwards in their pain journey. This effect was two-fold as we all know general exercise such as walking, strength work and swimming provide other health benefits such as reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and coincidentally; pain.

    Overall, the evidence shows that whilst we may want to stop if we have some general aches and pains that have persisted for a while, the rewards far outweigh the risks. You CAN exercise safely and effectively even in the presence of pain without stopping for fear of exacerbating your ongoing issues and continue to kick goals along the way.

    Our team at Malvern East Physiotherapy is able to tailor an exercise program and guide you through exercise that is not only safe but beneficial. Book online or call our team today.


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    Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone. Shoulder impingement can be incredibly frustrating and painful. 

Tony has been working closely with our physiotherapists Vernon and Dilen to get on top of his shoulder pain. His treatment plan has included hands-on physiotherapy and individualised exercises in our hydrotherapy and strength programs.

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