One of the main reasons why people require physiotherapy is rehabilitation after an injury often due to a slip or fall. Pain can also develop from spending too much time in an incorrect posture. Physiotherapists can help to prevent these injuries from occurring in the first place by treating the cause of the problem which is usually linked with muscle weakness and poor physical health.
A physiotherapist can assist you in preventing these injuries by providing you with exercises to strengthen your muscles and by teaching you how to carry out correct movement patterns. This often helps prevent or relieve joint pains.
Treatments that a physiotherapist can offer
To summarise, physiotherapy can be used as a preventative measure to reduce the chances of you injuring yourself and can facilitate your recovery. The physiotherapist will design a plan specific to you depending on your lifestyle, diet and your past medical history. No two injuries are the same and no two treatments are the same.
- Strength Training – Strength training will increase bone and muscle density, decreasing the risk of serious injuries from falls in the future. Practicing this with a trained physiotherapist will also help to prevent overtraining injuries.
- Balance Training – Concentrating on balance will help prevent injury in the future by improving lower leg strength, core strength and overall proprioception.
- Flexibility Training – This improves your range of motion making your joints less prone to injuries. It also improves your blood flow, improving your overall physical health.
- Acupuncture – This involves using a needle at pressure points. It releases endorphins which is known to help prevent soreness, tightness and muscle strain. Many athletes use this as preventive measure before a match.
- Manipulations – These can be performed by physiotherapists to stretch out and loosen up your joints.
- Electrotherapy – such as Ultrasound or using a Tens machine which helps increase blood flow to the injured area and encourages tissue healing.
- Education & advice – Understanding your condition is key to help you managing it and physiotherapists are trained to provide you with this information.
If you feel that physiotherapy can help you prevent injuries and enhance your core strength, please contact Home Physio Group on 0330 335 1016 to talk to our team, or alternatively, please use the contact form on the website and we will reach out to you.