Aug 13, 2014
Treating and managing ‘tendon’ problems one of the most frustrating group of injuries I encounter, mainly because their recovery often has no time frame, it’s never linear, instead they tend to be a 2 steps forward one step back kind of problem. If it’s frustrating for me, I can only imagine how my patients must feel.
The answer isn’t black & white (it never is in medicine). There are however a few anatomical and physiological factors that can help explain why tendon problems can be stubborn as all hell.
I’ll quickly given you a little anatomical insight as to what a tendon actually is, and no a tendon is not a ligament (I do kind of understand why people get this concept confused). Tendons are thin fibrous bands which connect a muscle to a bone. Their function is to transmit forces, essentially providing stability with no real ‘active’ work. Not all tendons function the same. Some are positional purely assisting with controlling the position of the joint (fingers) while some can actually store energy & work as springs to assist with basic movements of the body such as walking.
Tendon dysfunction is usually a result of overuse due to repetitive stress being placed through one particular area of the body. Common sites include the Achilles, the patella tendon, the rotator cuff, tennis elbow & the hamstring tendon.
Jul 8, 2013
One of the biggest lessons I have learnt over the last year is that conditioning requires a balance between training and rest. At the end of the day rest is almost just as important as a regular exercise routine. If you don’t allow time for your muscles to repair and recover not only will your results plateau, weight loss will stall, you may begin to feel un-motivated, you won’t workout to your full potential and you will put yourself at higher risk of injury!
Put simply hard training sessions break you down, make you weaker. Rest allows repair, recovery and rejuvenation. An imbalance = lack of rejuvenation and drop in performance. You will have stressed your body beyond its capacity to recover resulting in a collection of emotional, physical and often psychological symptoms that are just NOT YOU.