Have you been in an accident that leaves you with pain on damp days, or permanent mobility limitations? Are you overweight or advancing in age and notice that you don’t move as well or as easily as you used to? Regardless of the reasons why, being aware that you have limited mobility can be a distressing situation. While doctors have medications that may relieve pain or inflammation, there are other methods you can use to increase mobility and remain in better condition for a longer period of time. In fact, many people that thought they would never enjoy pain free movement again have found that physiotherapy techniques immensely helpful. As you look at five key ways physiotherapy can improve your life, remember that mobility issues aren’t just of concern when they occur. Rather, you must always know how to take care of your body in order to avoid these problems and also to speed recovery as much as possible.
Consider a situation where you sprained an ankle or wrist years ago. Even though you may have regained full mobility and strength, those odd twinges on damp days or other issues can be a bit disturbing. On the other side of the equation, old injuries to your back, neck, shoulders, or knees can leave you with more limitations even though the injury itself should no longer be affecting your mobility and pain levels.
Here are some things you can look forward to by using physiotherapy for this purpose:
Chances are, you have heard many times about the best postures for walking, sitting, and even laying in bed. On the other side of the equation, slouching, rocking your chair back, or slumping your neck forward may all be habits that you simply can’t get rid of. To add insult to injury, if you lift things the wrong way, do not follow good form when typing, or engage in other acts that lead to muscle and joint damage, eventually it will show up in the form of injury, pain, and reduction in motion.
Regardless of your age and current physical condition, a physiotherapist can help you identify problematic body movements and help you adjust them to ones that will preserve pain free movement for as long as possible. From advice on ergonomic keyboards to finding the right chair to support good posture in the office, a physiotherapist can help you locate these items and use them properly. Needless to say, if you need gait training, posture correction aides, and other exercises, a physiotherapist will know which ones to use, and keep you on track with them.
It is very important to realize that education on healthy body movement is best obtained before you wind up with an injury or need surgery to correct a problem created by incorrect movement. For example, if you do a lot of typing, it is to your advantage to get advice on proper wrist position now and obtain the necessary tools rather than wait until you need carpal tunnel surgery. Not only will you enjoy better flexibility and strength in your hands and wrists, you can look forward to pain free typing for years to come.
Have you ever tried to rearrange the furniture in your home, lift something too heavy, or “pull a muscle” doing some other activity you aren’t used to? If so, then you know that sore muscles and achy joints can last for weeks or months. While many people consider these painful injuries an unfortunate part of life, they can actually be prevented when you know how to do so. Physiotherapists can teach you the following skills to help you reduce the risk of injury:
Injury aside, there is going to come a time in life when arthritis and muscle decline make it harder to move around. While you cannot entirely stop this process, or the accompanying neural degeneration, it is possible to slow it down. In fact, when you visit a physiotherapist, they can do more than give you exercises to reduce the risk of injury, or help you heal from an existing one. Here are some other exercise regiments you may be interested in:
If the word “gym” or “jog”, or “fitness” make you cringe, then you may be one of millions of people worldwide that has stress and anxiety related to exercise and fitness. Sadly, the more you hear about the usefulness of fitness watches, walking, group sports, and going to the gym, the harder it will be to achieve wellness and maintain good mobility levels. In fact, you may even unconsciously put yourself in situations where you get hurt or sick so that you can avoid exercise and the stresses you associate with it. This includes the social values that mock exercise and fitness as “geeky” or “nerdy”.
Fortunately, a physiotherapist can offer a much more relaxing setting where you have a chance to get past all the negative beliefs you hold about the way your body moves and exercise in general. As an added bonus, once you know that you are doing your exercises correctly, it will be much easier to stay with your program and get some benefit from it.
Many people today do not realize that physiotherapists have a great deal of important information about how the human body moves. Rather than just go to a physiotherapist after being injured, you can and should consider seeing one beforehand. Now is a perfect time to find out how to do everything from lift heavy objects correctly to find out how to reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Why not learn all you can about how to preserve body motion and strength now so that you don’t have to worry as much about injury and decline later on?