Modifying Due to Pain or Movement Restrictions SUCKS
But for many people, they have no choice. They can’t do everything they want to do, and so they modify to keep active as best as possible.
But let’s be real. Modifying isn’t fun.
It’s a constant reminder that you’re still hurt. It’s a reminder that you still can’t do what you want. We all know, it’s frustrating!
So, when is modifying the right thing to do, and when should it be avoided?
If your symptoms are getting better and you can slowly add movements back in that used to cause pain, you’re probably on the right track and should keep modifying.
Make sure that you take your time as you add intensity back into your workouts.
We also recommend talking to your coach to try and pinpoint what caused the pain to begin with and find out how to avoid it happening again in the future.
On the other hand, if you have been modifying for a decent amount of time (two+ months) and haven’t seen a change, stop modifying and start working on finding a solution.
The best options would be going to a physical therapist or a chiropractor, or getting with a highly skilled coach.
Some problems belong in the hands of a doctor and some belong in the gym with a coach.
If you have been cleared for exercise by a medical doctor and you were told to “work around it”, then there’s a good chance that you are a good fit for one of our coaches. We can set up a plan to get you out of pain without having to modify anything.
Doesn’t that sound better than “just don’t do that movement”? We think so too.