Let’s say, for hypothetical purposes, that you’re taking Advil for some joint-related pain you’ve been experiencing.

However, instead of taking the recommended dosage, you decide to experiment with taking 20 tablets daily. Sure enough, this doesn’t work out very well and you begin to experience the side effects of nausea, liver dysfunction and kidney failure.

Common sense would lead you to the fact that you took too much Advil, you’re now suffering the consequences, and that the best remedy would be to simply decrease the dosage back to the recommended amount.

How is there any difference between the example above and pain resulting from squatting, running or any other sort of physical activity when done incorrectly? 

For whatever reason, we jump to conclusions such as herniated discs or arthritis, when it’s simply an over dosage of something that otherwise is very healthy, and even analgesic in nature.

Exercise, including heavy squatting, has been shown to be extremely effective as a method of pain relief… when prescribed and completed correctly. It’s in the dosage that the magic happens.

It’s important to remember to modify your training before eliminating your training. 

It may not be the exercise that is causing your current issues, but rather the frequency, volume, tempo, intensity, range of motion, weight, exercise variation and/or technique that may need to adjusted and tinkered with.

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These training variables are something that we like to discuss when working with our athletes. Furthermore, this topic is part of our “Train Smarter, Not Harder” workshop that we will be presenting over the next couple of months.

If interested, you can register here. We’d love to have you.