We've all heard the term “No discomfort, No gain!”, but how real is this declaration? I have actually been a sports chiropractic doctor since 2010 and I am constantly informing professional athletes that discomfort is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong. It's like the “check engine” light for your body. The more we ignore it, the worse the injury and dysfunction can become.
Let's state it's a muscle sprain/strain. Each muscle has a particular action in the body. A lot of muscles have antagonist and agonist muscles, that suggests while one muscle loads force, another one will unwind. If we have a sprain/strain to a muscle then all that work with, or versus, that muscle will have a result which can then get worse the injury, or trigger settlement in other areas.
Many professional athletes currently have a competitive state of mind, so a great deal of times having an injury might just result in not being able to play their sport. Nevertheless, most of the time it's better to stop playing completely, and look for appropriate care and treatment, than to cause more damage or irritation of the injury. My objective is always to get athletes back to play as rapidly as possible, considered that we can correctly treat their injuries.
Don't neglect your discomfort … Pain is not a lifestyle! – Dr. Lisa Patel, DC, CCSP