Many people wrongly assume that only those who have been injured or have severe enough problems for a doctor referral can benefit from physiotherapy. However, this is not true. People set goals every year to get in shape but do not always develop a healthy routine.
In March, it is common to see gyms full of people who are ready for a new start. Many people feel uncomfortable and self-conscious at gyms, and others simply do not have the time to commit to regular workouts if the gym is far or does not have ideal hours of operation. It is easy for people to feel disheartened when they compare themselves to others who may have been going to the gym regularly for years. Discouragement and lack of motivation are the two biggest reasons why people stop going to the gym.
Some people stop going to the gym because they injure themselves. They may try to lift weights that are too heavy or may have tried a routine that is not ideal for their specific needs. Perpetual inactivity only worsens aches and pains, and these discomforts become an excuse not to return. Additionally, some people stop going to the gym if they feel that the areas they wanted to strengthen are not showing improvement.
Physiotherapists are professionals who are trained to understand muscle, bone and tendon function. They know how all components work together to create movement and build strength, and they know what can impede proper movement. After any type of injury occurs that is severe enough to warrant staying home from the gym, talk to a physiotherapist immediately. Working with a physiotherapist is the best way for anyone who wants to build strength and meet fitness goals to succeed.
A physiotherapist will recommend specific exercises that are designed to remedy mechanical dysfunction. They also recommend activities to help strengthen the injured area. Resting and avoiding movement or exercising may only weaken an injured area and leave it prone to worsening damage. Also, physiotherapists can determine what activities may fuel the problem, and they can suggest what to avoid based on individual abilities.
Insurance may or may not cover a physiotherapist’s services. The first visit is usually a consultation. The physiotherapist asks several questions to assess the problem. He or she asks about past health history and injuries, current activities and other health issues. All of these factors are considered when developing a customized treatment plan. Physiotherapists create a schedule as well, which makes it easier to commit to treatment instead of falling into the trap of making excuses not to exercise.
Seeing and feeling the results of an effective treatment plan will be worth the time and work of seeing a physiotherapist regularly. Clients receive feedback after each session to measure their improvement. When all goals have been met, it is easier to keep a regular exercise and strength maintenance routine at home or at the gym. Preserving fitness is a lifelong commitment but is possible with the right support, knowledge and motivation.