Physiotherapists are doing amazing work helping people lead healthier lives. Aside from offering pain relief and injury management, they help clients achieve optimal lifelong physical health. Here are my top five reasons for seeing a physiotherapist which you previously may not have considered:
Abs for life: Having a ‘six-pack’ doesn’t always indicate strong core muscles. Core stability is improved by actively exercising the deep, small stabilising muscles beneath the diaphragm, pelvis and lumbar region (lower back).
Correcting your posture should go hand-in-hand with the support that your core muscles provide. Without selective control and suitable strength in the mid-section of your spine and lower back, it is very difficult for the body to carry your weight appropriately and balance it.
A fine-tuned core can be achieved with the assistance of your physiotherapists who can help guide you with posture techniques while sitting, walking and standing as well as provide core exercises to promote a strong foundation.
Manage your weight: Unfortunately, many injuries can occur due to excess weight. Our body wasn’t designed to carry excess load which can cause long term pain in areas such as the feet, knees, hips and lower back. A physiotherapist can act as a personal trainer helping you to manage weight loss with safe and effective exercises which won’t strain or stress your muscles and joints.
Stretch your imagination: Your body has more than 600 muscles and every one of them expands and contracts throughout the day. Persistent use of the same muscle groups can result in overstraining, insufficient rest and habitual shortening of the muscles. On the other hand, the fibres in muscles that are not activated lose their vitality and elasticity.
Stretching after every session of exercise is vital to avoid feeling sore the next day. A physiotherapist can create a program of stretches tailored to your exercise program to help promote smooth recovery and protect your muscles.
Learn pilates: Clinical Pilates is a variety of carefully modified core exercises guided by a physiotherapist, which can help achieve improved flexibility and muscle control for optimal whole body movement. If your day to day is desk bound, you can improve your flexibility in the upper back and gain better neck muscle control to avoid compressing joints in the upper spine which often lead to headaches if not supported.
Find optimal foot health: Did you know, that when you walk your feet load-bear up to 150 percent of your body weight. When you take a step, the foot transfers the motion to the ankle, which shifts it to the knee, which connects it to the hips, then the spine, shoulders, arms and hands. During the course of a day you can walk up to 10,000 steps and without adequate support you may be putting your whole body at risk of pain.
Physiotherapists manipulate your foot muscles to promote improved foot health and reduce any pain stemming from poor foot positioning.