The Manual Therapist recently had a post regarding the usefulness of isometric exercises. Some research discussed in the article has shown immediate and significant pain relief after isometric contractions. The article is directed more towards "tendon" pain, but the usefulness likely extends beyond it. With the developments in pain science, we recognize that pain is more of a perception and has a significant contributing factor of fear. With isometric contraction, we can introduce muscle activity is as less threatening way, allowing the individual to decrease their fear avoidance behavior. Additionally, I like to utilize low level isometrics to help stimulate blood flow in post-surgical patients when permitted.
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