Injuries can be a major setback, affecting our daily lives and hindering our ability to perform physical activities. With the help of physiotherapy, we can take proactive steps to prevent injuries from occurring from the beginning. While accidents can happen unexpectedly, there are ways to prevent the degree of injury which could occur. We’ve found that many injuries occur due to muscle imbalances, lack of strength and flexibility. Whether you play sports, exercise in the gym or live a sedentary lifestyle, preventive steps can improve your health and reduce the risk of injuries.
Build Core Strength
You may have heard once or twice to ‘lock in your core’ when exercising and it couldn’t be more true. Your core is the foundation of your musculoskeletal health as strong core muscles not only provide support for your spine, but also spinal stability for the remainder of your muscles. Therefore, building your core strength has never been more vital to injury prevention.
Improve Flexibility and Range Of Motion
Limited flexibility and poor range of motion can make the body more susceptible to injuries. Before exercising or playing sports, make sure you’re stretching and performing mobility exercises to enhance flexibility and joint mobility. This in turn, improves your joint strength, mobility and makes your muscles more resilient, minimising the risk of soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains.
Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in identifying and addressing these underlying issues through hands-on treatment and targeted exercises. During your initial consultation at Progressive Physio, our team access your health and identify individual risk factors that could increase your risk of certain injuries.
When our physios have an accurate understanding of your risk factors and health, we’ll design a personalised exercise program to target them. These exercises often include improving strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Our physios will demonstrate the correct technique and guide you through the movements to ensure that you are performing it efficiently. By incorporating these personalised exercises into your routine, you can enhance your body’s resilience and reduce the risk of injury.
Physiotherapy is not just for recovering from an injury, it also plays a vital role in injury prevention. Through a personalised exercise program, our experienced physiotherapists can identify and address individual risk factors and work with you to build strength, stability, and flexibility to enhance your overall health. Remember, prevention is key and the first step starts with you.