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This article brought to you courtesy of Colton Hubler, PT, DPT of ProActive Physical Therapy, Canby Herald Insider Pysical Therapy Expert.

Colton Hubler, PT, DPT

Everyone has experienced aches and pains after unaccustomed activities. Many of these will go away as you continue being active, but how can we minimize it?

Here are some tips to follow to make sure your return

to activity goes smoothly so you can keep doing the

things you love.

Start small and slow: Break tasks up into small pieces and do a lot less than you think you can do initially. This allows your body time to tell you if the activity was too much, underwhelming, or just right.

It is normal to have aches and pains in our life, but how much should be tolerated? We recommend the

"2 point" rule. On a scale of 0-10 (0 is no pain and 10 is worst pain imaginable), allow for a 2 point increase

over your current level. For example, mowing the lawn

with 3/10 back pain, it gradually increases to 4/10, then

5/10. If it continues to 6/10, then this exceeds our 2 point

limit. Time to take a break, address the pain until it reduces, then get back to mowing the lawn!

Give ProActive PTS a call for pain that persists for over a week or increases much more than 2 points with activity, and we can help you figure out what is going on and develop an individualized plan to resolve it. Not sure if PT can help? Call to set up 30 minutes free consultation!

Work smarter, not harder and enjoy your summer!

ProActive Physical Therapy

308 N Ivy St.

Canby, OR 97013

(503) 263-6786

www.proactivepts.com

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