5 Principles for Fixing Joint Injuries

March 14, 2022 by VAHVA Fitness

Here are 5 reasons why your aching joints are not getting better despite all the exercises you are doing to fix them. Take a look.

It has been a long road that has taken us to this point where we can comfortably fix almost any joint and physique as long as it's not utterly destroyed. How did it happen?

We suffered the many consequences of the mainstream paradigm of training. It all happened because we had to learn how to fix the body related to painful joints and tendons.

The consequences? Not being able to get up from a bed due to severe back pain. Broken elbows that took years to fix (a lot of people never do). Hurt shoulders and wrists.

We not only learned how to fix the injuries but most importantly we learned how to train without damaging the body.

And of course, we discovered the methods to develop the body in versatile and well-rounded ways. However, what concerns everyone is avoiding injuries and knowing how to fix them.

In this video we take a look at one of the most popular shoulder fix/mobility exercises out there. Instead of just focusing on how to do the exercise correctly, we give 5 very valuable principles regarding how to do any exercise correctly.

It doesn't matter whether you have pain in your shoulder or knees, you can apply these same principles to your exercises.

Of course exercises matter and are necessary but what matters more are the principles and methods you apply to the exercises.

1. Using An Improper Amount of Weight

pistol squats for legs

Back in 2016 when Eero was still doing pistol squats with a 44 kg (90 lbs) kettlebell.

In general training, there is always a sweet spot when it comes to how much weight should be used.

A sweet spot is where the form is as good as it can be while the weight provides the necessary resistance. The form of your movement determines a large part of the results you will get, not the weight. 

When it comes to fixing injuries or mobility work, you should often use the least amount of resistance - just enough to make the exercise provide a good stimulus. 

This is especially true when it comes to injuries and chronic pain. You don't even have to use weight at all - just moving your arms can produce the best results.

But the weight you use only works if you use it right... and to use it right everything else needs to be right.

2. Not Isolating the Target Joint

mobility and stability push ups

Know the area you want to target and focus on that area.

When you do an exercise, you should always know the purpose and goal of the exercise.

If you want to develop your shoulders using a shoulder exercise, you should minimize everything else. This means eliminating all the unnecessary movement and momentum from your hips and spine etc.

Sometimes a little bit of rhythm in your body can be good in the final sets but as a general rule, you should avoid using any excess momentum and unrelated body parts when performing an exercise.

In order to do this, the body has to be stabilized properly. Without stability there is no mobility or power. We cover this extensively in Athlete 20XX Method.

Once you learn how to "isolate" the target joint, you will get a glimpse of what a proper joint articulation looks & feels like and how undeveloped your joints probably are.

3. Not Training Multiple Angles

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There does not just exist one exercise that will do 100% of the job. This is from A Day of Mobility Class.

One of the pillars of our methodology is the Variability Method which we cover in Movement 20XX.

In the end, your body will look and perform the way you train it. If you just focus on 4 simple exercises, your body will reflect this fact 100%.

Moreover, perform the 4 exercises with a bad form and your body will possess a very low standard of movement quality.

You were created as a limitless being. Not a robot. Your joints and your body are way more versatile than people can imagine. 

And what's crazy is that we as a human race haven't probably even discovered how incredible we truly are. Only in 100 years the sports like gymnastics, snowboarding, bodybuilding and countless others have started to show the vast potential of the human body.

The closer you are to your nature and potential, the healthier you will be. The same applies to your body and joints. Both versatile movement and precision training are the remedies to the problems of modern life which only makes us more limited and stiffer each day.

4. Using Poor Quality in Regular Training

squat stability drill

Whatever the problem, you always have to solve the root cause in order to get rid of the problem once and for all.

Mobility training is great therapy but it alone won't be enough if your main training is continuously causing the problems.

Back in the day, we used to do all the recommended mobility work and fixes to keep our bodies healthy. Yet, our bodies got wrecked anyway because the problem was not the lack of mobility work - the real problem was that the main training wasn't developed enough.

This is why you must bring your main and regular training to a higher level where you work with the body and not against the body. Give your body the respect and care it deserves.

This is what we call the "Paradigm Shift that Must Happen" - Free lecture.

5. Not Acting Fast Enough

If you are experiencing pain in your body, start working on it right now.

You may even need to drop everything that you are doing. 1 month, 6 months or even a year is not that much time in the grand scheme of things. A healthy body that will last for a lifetime is way more important.

You get only one body and one set of joints. Over the decades of wear and tear the joints do wear out.

Surgeries, cortisol injections and STEM cells may help in the worst case scenarios but a naturally healthy and organic joint is always the strongest of them all.

We work a lot with athletes and trainers and we see people constantly injured and wearing elbow supports, back supports, knee straps and so on because their bodies have been destroyed.

We have been there... little do these people know that you don't have to suffer these consequences. There are ways to develop the body to the highest level while taking care of the body. 

All it takes is a shift in perspective and higher standards. All of this we cover in The 10 Commandments and The Paradigm Shift that Must Happen. 

Both can be found here (for free).

Stay strong.

samuli jyrkinen

About the author 

Samuli Jyrkinen

Samuli is the ninja behind the scenes (photography, videography, websites, program platforms and more). He has been training religiously for over a decade and has a firm grasp of physical and mental fitness. You will find our story here.

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