Our bodies switch between THREE energy systems depending on the type of exercise, intensity and duration.
The AEROBIC energy system is the most prominent system used during cardio (such as running and cycling).
Adequate oxygen in the working muscles needs to be present for this system to fully kick into gear and functional optimally...
HOWEVER there is a 'lag' time between when we start exercise and when adequate amounts of oxygen reach the working muscles (approximately 3 - 5 minutes)
This 'lag' time may manifest as fatigue and pain in the muscles which then resolves after 3 - 5 minutes leaving you feeling re-energized and better able to smash your work out!
Did you know that 'normal' tendons are very hard to tear & require a large force in people under age 30??
Katie and I headed along to the Auckland Branch of Physiotherapy New Zealand Education evening last night @aucklandgrammar to hear the latest from Dr Quentin Reeves (Radiologist) from SRG. He updated us on the role of imaging as technology improves in diagnosis of shoulder conditions.
Shoulder injuries make up around 33% of ACC claims each year in NZ!!
As tendons weaken with age (and lifestyle factors) thickening of the tendon and micro-tears can start to form in the muscle.
Tears in the rotator cuff are therefore more likely to be caused from a gradual degradation of the tendon over time that may be accelerated by repetitive activities or minor trauma.
The good news? At Parents Health Haven, our Physios are experienced in rehabilitating 'worn out' tendons and giving you the best chance at preventing major tears and long term disability.
--> Non weight bearing exercise: swimming, cycling, yoga, pilates at least 2-3 times per week
--> Massage: around the joint and surrounding muscles to reduce added tension & pain
--> Heat: the muscles around the joint - wheat pack, spa, or even a bath will help!
--> Acupuncture: to reduce inflammation and painful muscles spasm that contributes to pain
--> Maintain muscle strength: muscles support our joints and help them move. No muscles = more pressure on the joints!