If you’re someone who leads a fairly active lifestyle, you’ll understand the battle of experiencing muscular discomfort often.
A great way to keep on top of your muscular aches and pains and to prevent further injury is to complete some home stretches and movements. It’s especially important to pay particular attention to those areas where you a prone more so to pain than others.
Some of the most common parts of the body that need a particular focus on localised stretching are:
There are many take-home products and tools that can help you keep on top of your stretches and prescribed exercises given by your physiotherapist. They come in many shapes and sizes and all have different purposes. We thought we would take you through some of the easiest ways to help you look after those muscles after each workout or just on a daily basis to prevent injury and to keep limber.
Foam rollers are an effective and easy way to essentially give yourself a deep tissue massage. You may have heard the term, Self-Myofascial Release, this is exactly what foam rolling those larger muscle groups does. Slowly rolling over your muscles can help to break up adhesions and scar tissues. This can speed up the healing and recovery after each workout!
Spikey Massage Balls
These little balls are fantastic way to reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow and to aid injury prevention. They are also an effective way to reduce pain levels. You can pick them up for as little as $10.00!
You may have seen people using colourful pieces of stretchy tape, these are what we call resistance bands. They are lightweight, portable and able to be used anywhere. They can add a varying level of resistance to your movements and are especially good as you gradually increase resistance progressively during your injury rehabilitation. Essentially, they add muscle-building tension. Great for the arms & legs.
For many years, heat has been used to effectively manage and treat pain due to muscle or joint stiffness. Great for relieving temporary discomfort and can be reused over and over again. You can heat them up for about 2 minutes and they will stay warm for around 30-45 minutes to give your sore muscles relief they need.
All of the above-mentioned take home physio products are perfect for pain or conditions affecting the major focus areas listed above. These products are great for DIY injury prevention or just to help you keep on top of your muscular soreness and stiffness at home in between workouts.
However, if you find that you have ongoing pain in any of these major muscle groups, it is definitely worth getting it checked over by your trusted physiotherapists in case there may be underlying damage to the area. You can also easily pick these products up at our practice.
If you have any questions or would like to chat about any pain or concerns, you can speak with our experienced physiotherapists this week by phoning (02) 4721 7798 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you can book an initial consultation by clicking here.