When I treat patients in the clinic with neck pain, I always ask them when the pain started. Many times, the answer to this question is that “I pulled my neck while lifting weights” or “I felt neck pain after a heavy session at the gym” This spurred me to write about what gym freaks can do about preventing neck pain and also to treat it on their own so they can continue to work towards their fitness goals.
Do you believe in the cliché No pain No gain? This probably depends on who you have heard this say or in what context. Pain means different things to different people. When I treat patients with spine or sports injuries in the clinic, I often ask what kind of pain they have. Yes – what kind of pain- because different kinds of pain mean different things. For example…
I often see runners, sports players and gym enthusiasts wearing a knee brace/support every time they play or lift weights. If it was up to me I would personally go up to them and lecture them about the harm they are doing to themselves by doing so. But since it may not be considered appropriate, I decided to write about it.
Most full marathoners have hit the “wall” at some point and hence know what it feels like. In scientific terms, the “wall” is when glycogen depletion occurs while running. We store enough carbohydrates in the form of glycogen in our muscles and liver to run about 28 to 30 kms and then we hit the wall of glycogen depletion. Our muscles…
Over the past many years of working with a various range of people from housewives to runners to gym freaks, I have realized that stretching means different things to different people. There can be myths around it, a general lack of awareness or just incorrect techniques. In spite of tons of research around it, I still find myself educating people about the do’s and don’ts. Stretching the right way is crucial because a lack of stretching or incorrect technique can mean either causing an injury or aggravating an ongoing one.
Squats are one of the most important compound full-body exercises that work on many muscles together and the best part is that they mimic functional movement patterns. It improves muscle strength, mobility of joints and also strengthens tendons, joints, and ligaments of the lower body. Since your feet make the base for a squat, it is important to understand whether there are certain benefits of doing squats barefoot instead of with shoes.