If you’re an athlete or enjoy exercising, the chances are good that you’ve had to make a trip to a physiotherapist. Athletes tend to get sports injury at some point or another and that’s when they need to head straight to a physiotherapist. It doesn’t have to be a big injury, even if you only have knots in your muscles, a physiotherapy treatment can do wonders for you and prevent further injuries.
Fractures, sprains, muscle strains and nerve injuries can all send you in the direction of a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists are also frequently recommended to assist with rehabilitation after surgeries, injuries or for chronic pain treatment. If you’ve ever wondered why it’s so important to visit a physiotherapist and why you can’t just “doctor” yourself at home, here are a few good reasons to help you understand.
Whenever you suffer from chronic or acute pain after an injury, a physiotherapist can help you deal with the injury and reduce or manage the pain. They have a number of treatments and techniques, such as mobilisations, massage, ultrasound and dry needling, as well as professional advice to help you recover as soon as possible. A physiotherapist can help you reduce your pain, and assist you to return to your sport or daily activities without pain.
Range of Motion
Whenever you suffer from an injury that makes it painful to move, it can affect your range of motion. This can make it difficult to do your daily chores or activities. The less you move, the smaller your range of motion will get, so it’s important to find a way to maintain your range of motion, even if you’re not actively able to move the area where your injury is. This is where physiotherapy treatment plays a vital part. A good physio will make sure that a patient keeps their range of motion and mobility with different treatments and passive movement. A physiotherapist will also give you a few exercises to do at home, to ensure that you keep moving the joints and avoid losing too much range of movement while you’re recovering.
Rehabilitation and exercise
With effective treatments, you can often, within certain guidelines, start using the injured part soon after injury. Rehabilitation plays an important role in your recovery. You naturally want to take the necessary precautions to prevent the same injury, or a further one, from happening again. This is an important motivation to strengthen the muscles of, or around, the injury as it heals. A physiotherapist will evaluate your injury and level of progress and give you therapeutic exercises to do at home. Every time you go to for a follow up treatment, the physio will measure your level of improvement and accordingly increase or decrease the intensity or number of exercises they gave you.
Whenever sportsmen stop training due to an injury, it could cause muscles to weaken. A physiotherapist will be able to tell you what type of exercise you can continue with and what to avoid, so you can stay in shape and not lose all your hard work.
If you follow your physiotherapist’s advice and do the prescribed exercises, you’ll be able to return to your sport as soon as realistically possible.
Contact your local physio at Power Physiotherapy for more information.