Why Individualized Rehab and Training Is So Important
Research consistently shows that glute training helps knee pain. Does this mean every patient I see with knee pain gets glute exercises? Absolutely not! Research studies on rehab and training interventions provide us with insights with respect to generalizations, BUT there are always going to be outliers, and everyone's presentation is always going to be slightly different. So when a patient comes in with knee pain, we still assess to see if the glutes are actually an issue before giving out glute exercises.
There is also a lot of research evidence in favor of core stability training for treating back pain, especially if you follow the work of Stuart McGill. A lot of my patients with back pain come in already doing the McGill big three stability exercises (click here for more info) after doing their own research, but they are still in pain.
I even had one spine surgeon who would refer out every single patient to physiotherapy with a prescription for a core stability routine.
However, a lack of core stability isn't the only cause of back pain, and for some patients, based on what we see in our assessment, core stability isn't the answer. There is no one-size-fits-all recipe in rehab!
The same goes for training for health and fitness, or athletic performance. If your goal is to improve your overall strength and body composition, is squatting on a Bosu ball or doing agility drills the best use of your time? Nope! Bosu ball work might improve proprioception in a sprained joint, and agility drills may improve athletic performance in sport (again, providing that specific agility drill translates to the sport in question), but these are far from the most effective methods to improve body composition and strength.
It's always best to touch base with a trained professional for an assessment to see what YOUR issues are, rather than putting yourself into a generalized box and feeling defeated when your efforts don't translate to results.
So think critically. At every step of the way, ask 'why.' If you can't match what you're doing up with your own specific goal or issue, then you might be wasting your time and effort. This is part of what we mean when we say train smarter, not harder!
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