Shopping Cart Exercise is a term I use regularly with my patients. It’s built on the premise of a randomized selection of exercises to treat any given condition. In the presence of pain our mind can run amuck, hastily scouring through past exercises and websites to find the perfect combination that alleviates our pain. Shopping cart exercising is much like walking down a store aisle, picking and choosing products that you’ve used in the past with expectation that the company can deliver consistency. Pain is different. Pain isn’t cookie-cutter, repeatedly stamped with the same solution or set of exercises to cure it. You can buy a bottle of Pepsi anywhere in the world and will undoubtedly taste the same. Your sciatica, low back pain, shoulder pain, etc isn’t the same as your neighbor’s, co-workers, or friends. In fact, similar symptoms can present for different reasons or conditions.
Pain isn’t cookie-cutter, repeatedly stamped with the same solution or set of exercises to cure it.
Sorting through old exercises or your neighbor’s latest cure for his plantar fasciitis may be his saving grace, but it’s not likely yours. The same goes for loading your shopping cart (exercise list) with movements you found online. Your movement is unique and unfortunately, not perfect. Our body is designed to adapt to changing conditions: muscle weakness, tightness, instability, etc. You need to find the root of your pain to truly abolish it and prevent re-occurrence.
In a digital age we all expect results now, today, and yesterday. This is why the majority of their patients will ask Dr. Google for help before they seek a professional opinion. Patients blindly throw exercises at their pain hoping that something stays in their cart. What if your pain needs you to STOP doing something, rather than doing more? A highly likely scenario that is often overlooked. We think, “More is better, right?” A quick visit to a skilled clinician can not only create a to-do exercise list for you, but also a stop doing list.
Certain movements compromise our bodies, some are preventable some are not. You may not be able to stop sitting at work, but can you change how you pick up your child or grandchild? Patient education is a core value at Buffalo Rehab Group. Education arms the patient with the knowledge of their condition, the treatment, and the prevention of re-occurrence.
A quick visit to a skilled clinician can not only create a to-do exercise list for you, but also a stop doing list.
We get it. In the presence of pain you will undoubtedly ask around and search the internet to arm yourself with enough to be dangerous, but remember, your pain isn’t cookie-cutter. It is unique and specific. It’s there for a reason. Before you blindly start throwing exercises in your shopping cart, ask yourself if doing more is the answer. Should you stop doing something instead?
Buffalo Rehab Group is the best at creating to-do and stop-doing lists. Our high regard for treating the patient and not the condition aligns with our core values of patient education. If you’ve been unsuccessful elsewhere, contact one of our offices. You don’t know what great treatment is until you have it.