Updated: Wednesday, 27 February, 2019
You could easily start to think that not being as active as the average athlete might be either causing you problems or just no trouble at all. The fact that you are not as active as these athletes might make you think you are then not prone to the kind of injuries that befall them. On the other hand, you might be of the opinion that not being as active could affect your muscles and bones and make them weaker earlier than it’s supposed to as you age.
Agreed, an active lifestyle is essential to keeping your proper body function. However, it’s not an actual guarantee that it keeps you from being affected by conditions such as illnesses, injuries or certain disabilities. These conditions are not exclusive to athletes, as they also affect the regular sedentary people working from home. A great way to deal with these conditions when they occur is through physiotherapy, and its implementation includes, exercise therapy, a movement that helps strengthen muscles and improve body functions. These often come with education and advice as well.
Sometimes the image of the person who needs physiotherapy is that of someone struggling with a disability and learning how to walk again, or someone learning how to move after an illness, injury or debilitating accident. However, you don’t have to be in these conditions to benefit from physiotherapy. For people who have physical pain or discomfort, then any of those could be a good indicator that some therapy could benefit you enormously.
In the UK where hamstring injuries have long been the bane of athletes as well as footballers in the Football Leagues because of the sprint tendencies and the explosive movements, there is a high chance of high occurrence and recurrence. You see professional athletes go off with a hamstring injury and you just know that the athlete is probably about to go to a long rehabilitation program and then you begin to wonder if they are the only ones that need these therapies really.
Physiotherapy exercises have been scientifically proven to be one of the most effective ways to solve a wide range of other conditions that the common man experience at different intervals. Examples are sprains, strains, back pain, arthritis, incontinence, posture problems, bursitis, sport and workplace injuries and reduced mobility.
Physiotherapists can also help to encourage development and facilitate patient recovery. If you have any of the conditions mentioned above, the process can help you stay in work while helping you remain independent for as long as possible.
The young and the old can benefit from physiotherapy given that at any time in life you can experience sudden injuries or could be managing a long-term medical condition. You can also be preparing for sporting events or childbirth or going through rehabilitation following surgery.
It is useful to know that not all aches and pain requires a physiotherapy treatment, but you don’t have to learn to live with pain or physical ailments that are slightly beyond the normal. You may need to engage physiotherapy as it is helpful for body balancing and coordination, mobility issues, disturbed sleeping as a result of discomfort, pains, respiratory issues, cardiovascular issues and neurological issues.
At the heart of physiotherapy is the eventual education on general lifestyle and the patient’s involvement in their own care, through awareness, empowerment, and participation in their own treatment.