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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Why Should Injured Athletes Go for Physiotherapy?

Everyone gets injured from time to time. Even with the best technology ultimately, your body is still the one controlling your every movement. The fancy gadgets are just forms of aids that minimize the impact or the probability of the inevitable pains. Training with a coach, trying to run with a nice form, stretching before-and-after trainings, somehow, somewhere along that line, you tend to get cramps, hamstring pulls, etc. Human err everyday, you can never escape injuries no matter how good you are.

There are three main reasons why athletes should go for physiotherapy. It gives proper treatment to the injury, aids faster recovery and contributes to one's performance.

Proper treatment to the injury

Physiotherapy helps gives proper treatment to the specific injuries. In Core Concepts, the injury is first identified by the physiotherapist, explained to the customer using charts, diagrams and finally, how to keep your injury at bay. Massages will be done to the part where it hurts to optimize the purpose. Tips on stretchings and the various kinds are given to the athlete so that he/she can do it themselves at home.

Importance of physiotherapy and the recovery rate

The importance of physiotherapy in recovering from injury cannot be over-emphasized; the smallest injury reacts positively to physical therapy and even serious injury can heal safely and quickly without the need for any other medication or treatment. But with physiotherapy, the entire process is quickened and it gets you back onto the track faster. For example, people suffering from back pain encourages physiotherapy because it gives faster relief and facilitates the patient's recovery through massage, easy to practice exercises and stretches, heat therapy and traction. Physiotherapy pays attention to not just relief from pain, but also to preventing further injuries.

Earlier, doctors and medical institutions did not give physiotherapy its due recognition, because of the wide range of available medication (prescribed or bought) and also because of distrust. Not everyone is comfortable with physiotherapy as they may perceive it as 'useless' or "how can a few massages get my injury to heal?!" Now, while they may sometimes debate the importance of physiotherapy, both the healthcare professionals and patients are agreeable to using it to aid recovery.

Contribution to performance

Let's say for the while year round, you have been training, eating and resting well.

Then, do you still need to go for physiotherapy?

In my opinion, yes. At least go for it once or twice a year. Even though you do not have major or any injuries, the muscles in your body tends to tighten up eventually and this will lead to a higher possibility of muscle cramps!Physiotherapy will make your muscles relax and it feels good for your body too! I feel that after what you have pushed yourself to do and achieve, it is rather tiring on your body. So why not let it have the well-deserved rest?Going for occasional massages also help prevent potential injuries from appearing suddenly. I believe that physiotherapy adds to your overall performance too. With the right amount, it boosts your sport performance more effectively and you can actually feel it.

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