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According to Rachel Mahoney, BodyTech MedFit Osteopath/Trainer: When exercising hard almost everyone experiences some degree of pain and discomfort. Some pain is the price you pay for working out intensely and improving performance. However, it's crucial to distinguish between "good pain" - the type that's part of the muscle strengthening process - and "bad pain" - the kind that may be an injury.
The "burn" in your muscle during activity is what we call "good pain" and is the basis of the popular phrase, "No Pain, No Gain". This pain should be short-lived and during the activity only. You may also experience stiff and sore muscles for up to 48 hours post exercise, especially when you're trying to improve your performance.
"Bad pain" is any pain felt during exercise that cannot be described as a "burn", it maybe a familiar pain that you get when your knee plays up or when your back gets sore. It is also pain in the tendons, bone or joints after exercise or any pain that lasts over one week. If you experience "bad pain" during an exercise you should stop the exercise. If the pain is severe, you are concerned, or it does not go away within one week you should seek medical advice.
If you have an injury that is isolated to a particular area of the body don't forget that you can probably continue exercising by avoiding the area or completing different exercises that don't stress the injury. In this case it is important to get clearance from your health provider and recommendations on what to do / what not to do.
For more information on BodyTech MedFit – http://www.bodytech.co.nz/programmes/pages/health-services/
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