This is just a quick post relating to a recent client, who had been advised not to do any more rowing following a back injury. Even without going into detail about the history of their injury, I find this advice unhelpful, catastrophising and discouraging. There may be extreme circumstances where an individual has to stop doing a particular sport due to an injury, but by encouraging rather than discouraging movement, activity and exercise the end result is often more pain free movement and improved function. So often I hear from patients what they can’t do and are not supposed to do and a lot of the time I think it would be better if, as therapists, we asked them what they can do and what they would like to do and worked with that.
By helping people change their perceptions of their pain and the movements that are coupled with that pain we can help people to improve quality of life and increase their levels of activity.