Injury Prevention and the role of a Physiotherapist

Injury Prevention and the role of a Physiotherapist

In an age where we can track most daily occurrences and habits through technology the role of a physiotherapist is changing from an injury management perspective to an injury prevention perspective.

As highly trained health professionals, physiotherapists have the skills and knowledge to be able to empower and educate patients on how to prevent injuries.

Listen to your body

Waiting for an injury to occur before taking notice may turn what could be a quick fix into a longer rehabilitation program. Those little aches, niggles, pains and stiffness you experience are the first signs something may need to be addressed. Being proactive and addressing these niggles and potential weaknesses in your body may help prevent an injury.

Check your technique

Physiotherapists have the knowledge and skill to be able to assess your body’s movements (biomechanics). If you have a niggling ache when you run or find that your knees hurt after climbing the stairs, have a physiotherapist look at your movement and provide strategies to help ease the aches and pains.

Consistency is the key

Injuries can occur when we return to exercise after a break. Injury prevention can also be as simple as ensuring you maintain some form of regular activity even when life get busy. Find an activity or exercise you enjoy and consistency is made a lot easier!

Invest in you

Your health is your most important asset. Do you find that you put everything else before exercise and then run out of time?

There are so many benefits to regular exercise including (but not limited to!);

  • improved cardiovascular health
  • improved strength and flexibility
  • reduced blood pressure
  • improved mental health and wellbeing
  • improved sleep

Make sure you put yourself first and look after your health before it is too late.

Partnering with your physiotherapist

To achieve long-term health goals and minimise your chance of injury, a physiotherapist can be a great health partner to have! Not only can a physiotherapist provide you with guidance about where you are currently (i.e. muscular weaknesses), they can also provide progressions to exercises that will enable you to build up the strength deficits and minimise your chance of injury.

Book in to see one of our friendly physiotherapists at HealthLogic Physiotherapy. Appointments can be made online at www.healthlogic.net.auor via our Facebook page @healthlogicPT

 

About author: Sophie Garrity Sophie is a qualified physiotherapist graduating from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Physiotherapy.

Her areas of interest include Pilates, women’s health, occupational rehabilitation and low back pain. She finds it extremely rewarding to see how treatment and participation from patients can create significant changes in their conditions and overall quality of life.

Sophie is passionate about creating a meaningful experience for all of her patients; she enjoys building rapport and providing a patient-centred approach to her patients. Outside of the clinic, Sophie enjoys great Melbourne coffee, going to the gym, running (socially!), travelling, spending time with family and friends as well as trying out new restaurants and bars Melbourne has to offer.