Sports injuries can be incredibly debilitating. For athletes training for a big day, or for active individuals just keeping fit and healthy, injuries can really set you back.
We know what being active, mobile and fit means to you; and that’s why our team at Active Health+ understands how devastating an injury that halts your training can be. For these reasons, treating sports injuries has become very close to our hearts – we love helping people get back to doing the activities they love.
Because countless patients visit us on a weekly basis with sport-related injuries, we understand that many people struggle to comprehend why they’re in pain or why it hasn’t just disappeared.
For active people, getting injured has far-reaching consequences ranging all the way from lowered fitness levels, to weakened muscles, lost technique, and decreased energy. In other words, it feels much like the wind has been knocked out of your sails.
We understand that, so wanting to know why this happened, and how long it will last, makes a lot of sense.
The best way to tackle the question of why this happened is to turn to how you’ve been doing your sport. Often things like ankle injuries, knee problems, back aches and pains, or other more common injuries, occur largely because of improper technique.
It’s difficult to pinpoint any exact event that led to your injuries, as sports injuries are generally the accumulative result of months of incorrect, improper technique.
As to why your pain is lasting longer than it should, well, the answer is slightly more complicated.
For many active people, getting back to the sport they love is paramount. Whilst this is, of course, admirable, in the rush to get back to doing what they love they sometimes make the mistake of masking the pain instead of actually tackling the root cause of the problem.
In other words, many people take painkillers, or quick fixes, in the hope of getting back to normal. This is, however, a temporary solution to a more serious problem – by taking painkillers you aren’t tackling improper technique, or the root cause of the problem… you’re only masking it, thus you’re setting yourself up for another mishap down the line. And this is not to mention the fact that painkillers are detrimental to your overall health and actually decrease your strength, agility, and overall energy levels.
Alternately, some people decide to wait for their pain to pass, that is, they rest the injured area in the hope that things will get better on their own.
Why rest isn't always the answer
Resting the injured area for prolonged periods of time tends to create even more stiffness and immobility, thereby increasing the recovery tine exponentially.
Not only that, the patient is then left with even lower fitness levels and seems to be a lot further from their personal goal than before.
In desperation, then, many people turn to YouTube or Google for advice, and whilst this might seem like a good idea, a lot of conflicting information can actually be damaging to your issue.
Remember, none of that information is designed specifically for you, and since you’re not sure what the root cause of the problem actually is, you run the risk of damaging your body even further, thereby setting you back still more.
Here at Active Health+, we’re dedicated to getting you back to the sports you love. We want you to be as strong, healthy and energetic as you can be. And, of course, we want you to be pain-free!
So, we want you to get some real answers; we want you to have access to information that really makes sense and is effective for you.
How we can help
If you’re currently frustrated at your inability to do the activities you love, you’re incapable of training, and/or you feel as though your fitness regime has been cut short due to an injury, then we invite you call us, right now, to find out how we can help you.
Remember, the first step on your journey to recovery is to take action. Everything you’ve done up until this point just hasn’t worked, so it’s time to do something that does. Talk to one of our qualified, friendly, professional physiotherapists today. The call is completely complimentary, risk-free, and non-obligatory. We just want to chat in the hope of giving you real, applicable answers and tools to make a change.
Reasons Your Pain Might Be Lasting Longer Than It Should Be
1. You’ve rested the painful area for a prolonged duration of time, therefore increasing stiffness and immobility.
2. You’ve been taking painkillers that have only masked the pain and have done nothing to fix the root cause of the problem.
3. You’ve been trying stretches and exercises on Google or YouTube, only to find that things have gotten worse.
4. You’ve tried training despite your injury, trying too hard, too quickly, and injuring yourself more in the process.
5. You tried massages, but nothing has changed and you’re worse off than before.
6. You’ve tried hot and/or cold packs, but their effects don’t last long.
7. You’ve accepted your pain and have tried to work around it.
Take a look at some of the things you can do, right now, to get back to a pain-free active life:
This might seem controversial, but the less you move, the worse your problem gets. Our instinctive reaction to an injury is to rest the injured area for prolonged periods of time. This is actually just going to make everything stiffer and less mobile. The best thing you can do is start to move the injured area, though always slowly and safely. By keeping the muscles active you avoid their atrophy… and you’ll be able to keep up your strength; in the process, you’ll ensure that your recovery time is quicker than anticipated.
WATCH YOUR POSTURE
This is an absolutely critical part of your road to recovery. Knowing how to step, for example, is essential in recovering from an ankle injury. And, when it comes to back pain, knowing how to align your spine during your everyday walks is vital. If you’re unsure about your posture, or the way in which to treat your injured area, speak to a qualified physiotherapist. Knowing how to sleep, walk, carry weights, and even sit is absolutely essential in recovering quickly, safely, and effectively.
DO EXTRA EXERCISES
In addition to the tailor-made exercises your physiotherapist will give you, it’s important to do other activities outside of your general training. Why not try Pilates, for example? Exercising alternate zones in your body actually strengthens all your muscles, thereby ensuring that you’re able to prevent and/or deal with injuries in the future. Keeping your body active, relaxed, and fit overall is the key to a quick and permanent recovery.
If you’re ready to take action and permanently fix your injuries, we invite you to contact us for a free Discovery Session, right now. We know you need answers and the tools to tackle the pain, and that’s exactly what we want to give you in this complimentary, risk free, and non-obligatory session. Our goal is to diagnose the root cause of the problem, relieve your pain, and give you real, effective information about the next steps you should take. Join a free session, today, so that we can get you back to training, back to the activities you love, and back to the life you deserve.
Here’s How Seeing a Physiotherapist at Active Health+ Will Get You Back To The Sport You Love
1. We will diagnose and treat the root cause of the problem, thereby truly fixing the issue and permanently relieving you of the pain.
2. We will get you off of those painkillers which do very little but mask the pain and damage your overall health.
3. We will give you the tools to maintain a pain-free life by equipping you with a personalized, tailor-made exercise routine.
4.We will get you back to doing the sport you love in the least amount of time. Safely.
5. We will show you the proper technique for your sport so that you will always have the ability to avoid injuries.
6. We will show you the proper technique for your sport so that you will always have the ability to avoid injuries.
7. We will improve your strength by helping you train the muscles most in need of work.
8. We will help improve your durability by helping you strengthen and grow those muscles you rely on most.
9. We will improve your overall fitness regime by including exercises and stretches designed to prevent future injuries.
10.We will help improve your speed by paving the way for stronger, leaner, more durable muscles and joints.
11. We will help increase your power by underscoring the proper techniques for your activity.
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