Thread: Active Rest?
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Old 10-04-2007, 03:49 PM   #4
Emily Mattes
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Re: Active Rest?

My physical therapist is big on active rest, but says it's very important to emphasize the "rest". You start slow. Active rest will get the blood moving through the muscle and promote healing, but pushing yourself beyond it will get you more hurt. You have to use your judgement here and be VERY sure in the beginning that whatever you're using to exercise the muscle is not putting it under exertion. In the first week I would suggest not doing pull-ups, maybe doing nothing more than very light bicep curls--useless for building the muscle, but effective at moving the blood through them without stress. Then work your way up to other exercises. You don't want to hit the point right where you're starting to feel pain, you want to be well under that.
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