Would you consider seeing a physiotherapist when you have little or no pain or are injury free?
For many people the answer is no. Whether sporty or sedentary they consider physiotherapy something to help after an injury, if they have pain or when they cannot manage their daily activities.
But is that the best time to get expert physiotherapy input and advice? Why not get advice and treatment before you start to suffer?
Perhaps it is the influence of the NHS model. Would a GP refer you to NHS physio if the reason was to PREVENT you getting injured, to advise about your wonky back or to help with the niggly pain in your neck?
In my experience the answer is no. They would only consider a referral when the problem got worse and painkillers had not worked.
This reactive approach is not the best way to manage our health and fitness and keep us functioning at our best-whatever our activity levels or lifestyle.
We need to be PRO- ACTIVE in our attitude to our health and fitness and with PRIVATE physiotherapy we can see you straight away and BEFORE your problem gets worse or even starts.
Enjoying being with your children, avoiding sick leave or enjoying your hobbies all require you to be fit, healthy and pain free. Preventative physiotherapy is not just for elite athletes and sportsmen!
Remember once a tissue is injured it forms scar tissue which is NEVER the same as the original. Correct physiotherapy and rehabilitation will ensure the best results but it will never be as good as preventing the scar forming in the first place.
Sometimes we are injured due to trauma which is acute and cannot be predicted but many problems we see are actually overuse injuries. These are problems that build up over time, usually with some warning and can often be PREVENTED or at least addressed before they get worse.
This is an injury to a structure or tissue sustained from repeated action that our body cannot adapt to- so causing something eventually to fail.
When we move and exercise, or hold a position, stresses are applied to specific parts of the body. Over time our tissues can adapt. Muscles may become larger, stronger or more flexible. Tendons may become thicker and bone density can change.
However, if exercise or movement or even static positions are applied in such a way that adaptation over time cannot occur then microscopic injuries start to form. This leads to inflammation-the body’s response to injury and eventually the tissue may tear, break or fail.
The first sign may be stiffness or soreness (especially in the morning) which may disappear once the body is warmed up-after exercise or even a warm shower.
If the stresses continue there may be increasing
Unfortunately many patients ignore the warning signs like the odd ache or pain which may ease with rest or stretches but eventually the tissue fails and they have a significant problem.
Finding the cause is of course the key to recovery. This may be obvious -or not so a thorough assessment is vital
At Physio- Answers we have the time and experience to ask the right questions about what you do and how you move -often ones that seem rather obscure in order to identify the cause of the overuse injury.
We then look holistically at the whole body-not just the injured body part as the cause of a problem can be somewhere else entirely. For example a stiff big toe can cause back pain. A leg length discrepancy may be the cause of neck pain.
We can reduce the pain with rest and localised treatment but without addressing the underlying causes the problem will return.
The good news is we can prevent these overuse injuries or at least stop them getting to the point of tissue failure if we address them early in their process.
By identifying imbalances, malalignment, weak or tight structures we can predict which tissues are unlikely to cope in the long term. We can also help you with a personalised stretching and prevention programme and review and correct your techniques.
Then you will not only resolve acute problems fast but will prevent them worsening or recurring in the future.
So whether you have a niggle in your neck , soreness in your foot or back ache after work then make an appointment NOW with us at Physio-Answers and prevent things getting worse.
Too many times we hear: ‘I thought it would get better on its own. But it hasn’t’
So don’t wait! Call us now for an appointment and stop things getting worse.
Be Pain Free and the Best you Can Be
Here at Physio Answers, get a 10 minute physiotherapy ‘pre-assessment’ and discussion, to see if physiotherapy is the right treatment for you. If you would like to find out more, you can visit our pre-assessment page here
Contact: 020 3538 3808
Contact our Lewisham clinic based at Anytime
Fitness Birdwood Avenue Lewisham SE13 6UR.
Visit our physiotherapists based at our Leyton clinic -
300 High Road, Leyton, E10 5PW.
Find us at 36 Eastern
Esplanade, Southend, Essex, SS1 2ES.