Health Tip of the Week: Rest or Exercise

Q: Some people hear from their friends or some medical staff that it is necessary to work through the pain of an injury by continuation physical activities and doing therapy.  The saying goes that without physical activity/ therapy muscle will atrophy and pain will persist.  There is also another saying that using supportive braces like a back brace will cause an overreliance on the braces.
A: In general, for conditions such as acute tendonitis, it is better to rest during the preliminary stages of acupuncture treatment.  If physical activity and therapy is continued during the early stages of recovery, it will not get the necessary rest, which may turn it from an acute to a chronic condition.  This makes it harder to treat.   Irritating a cut will only delay its healing and the same principal applies to the healing of muscle and tendons.  Wearing braces is also important during the preliminary stages of an injury because it helps lower the chances of a reinjury.
Dr. Chun-Ming Fu
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