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Rest Vs. Movement

As a physical therapy clinic, we understand the impact that musculoskeletal pain can have on our clients. We often see clients who have tried rest as a solution, but they find that it rarely improves their pain.

While rest can be helpful in some cases, it is important to address the underlying cause of the pain. At our The Health Lab, we take a holistic approach to treatment, which means we look at the patient's entire body, movement, limitations, and even lifestyle to identify the root cause of the pain.

Dr. Loren Wooldridge works with our patients to develop an individualized treatment plan that may include exercise, manual therapy, and other modalities to address the underlying cause of the pain. We believe that exercise is an essential part of the treatment plan for musculoskeletal pain.

Research has shown that exercise can help to reduce pain and improve function for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain, neck pain, and joint pain. Exercise can help to improve muscle strength and flexibility, promote blood flow and healing, and reduce inflammation. Rest on the other hand doesn't show such improvements when there is pain.

At our clinic, we work with our patients to develop a safe and effective exercise plan that takes into account their individual needs, desires, currently fitness level, and limitations. We provide guidance and support throughout the treatment process to ensure that our patients are making progress and achieving their goals. This support is either in the clinic visits, on the phone, email, or even DM'ing through social media.

We believe that rest is almost never the right answer for musculoskeletal pain, especially when it's stated without assessment of pain during activities. Exercise and physical activity can be beneficial for reducing pain and improving function, and we work with our patients to develop a safe and effective exercise plan that addresses the underlying cause of their pain.

If you're looking to keep on your fitness and health journey while battling injuries along the way, we hope you keep moving and find providers that don't prescribe the poor advice of rest.

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