Load Intensity

Normal Loading

  • Normally, the healthy body thrives on a wide variety of activity (Functional Loading) and exercise.
  • Functional loading may range from a gentle walk to a high intensity work out in the gym.
  • When you are fit, your body responds more positively to a wide variety of loading.
  • Increasing levels of fitness expands the positive effects of loading and exercise.
Response to load when deconditioned.

Response to load when deconditioned.

Under Loading

An inactive lifestyle, Chronic Pain or resting too much will provide insufficient loading of the body for optimal health and will eventually result in lost fitness and long term deconditioning.

  • When deconditioned, muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons weaken in response.
  • The circulation of nutrients is reduced to the discs and muscles of the back.
  • When deconditioned, the body is unable to withstand the same load as normal.
  • The range of ideal loading becomes restricted.
  • It becomes more difficult to identify and function within a smaller loading range.
  • Overloading and underloading becomes common as normal activities are attempted.
  • Continued rest and inactivity perpetuates underloading of the body, resulting in further deconditioning.
  • Frustration at being unable to perform normal tasks develop.

Over Loading

  • With chronic pain, identifying the ideal load to achieve a positive response becomes far more difficult.
  • The range of load needed for a positive response may become much smaller and difficult to identify.
  • Overloading may trigger pain and further avoidance of movement and activity.
  • Overloading can also result in delayed pain and stiffness that can surface up to two days after the event.
  • Finding your own level of optimal loading for a positive response is possible by steadily and persistently working with a graded exercise approach.