I came across an interesting fitness blog post recently. It is a great point of thought, I make it a point, regardless of the program design for my client to ask how do they feel. Asking and listening to a client is very important and should determine how you proceed before training. How do you all address this subject with clients.
I posit that most older adults have some chronic or reaccuring pain.
I never work with acute pain, but chronic pain, of course..
Chronic pain or long lasting pain can be a symptom of tight muscles (muscle knots), weak muscles (causing tendonitis) or misalignment or improper biomechanics (causing kinetic chain symptoms), it can be disease related, (such as arthritis, fibromyalgia), or a symptom or something more severe. The pain of arthritis can be measured on an arthritis pain scale to determine exercise acceptability, and we all know the best thing for arthritis is movement, same for fibromyagia.
Additionally, lower back pain is a common chronic pain that may be managed with the right stretches and strengthening exercises. In my health history screen I address and explore pain, discomfort and limitations.