That phrase takes on a whole new meaning when you have arthritis, fibromyalgia or any chronic illness. When my shoulder froze last year it was because I babied it.
I stopped moving it because it hurt and it didn’t support me when I did yoga. Maybe I should have modified my yoga, but I should never have stopped moving the arm.
It took me months of Physical Therapy to be able to move it again. Nearly a year later I am still moving it, though it hurts at times.
When my lower back started spasming, which it does periodically, I knew I needed a long term plan. My doctor set me up with Physical Therapy. I am now armed with exercises that strengthen my lower back and have no pain when walking or sitting. There is arthritis in the area so it’s tender to touch.
Even my fingers move better after I exercise them. They are the area on my body that is the most damaged by arthritis.