Using a Physiotherapist to Support Your Return to Training

Health & Medical Blog

Whether it's due to an injury or illness, missing your usual training for a while can make your return feel daunting. At the same time, you probably want to experience the highs that come with completing sessions and the lifestyle benefits. If you want to make training safe again, consider using a physiotherapist to support your return.

Faster Recovery

Your physiotherapist will assess the current state of your injury and make further recovery recommendations if necessary. This could mean routine exercises that strengthen the affected joint or support healing after each session. You can also use your physiotherapy sessions to stop the injury from becoming more complex. Your physiotherapist will make recommendations regarding how often you can exercise. By following their recommendations, you can reduce the risk of undoing any progress in healing so far.

Promoting Relaxation

Although exercise comes with lots of physical benefits, it places strain on your body too. When you're a heavy trainer, those strains can build up over time and prevent a state of relaxation. Try using physiotherapy sessions as an opportunity to engage in rehabilitation massage and stretching. Your physiotherapist will know how to target tired muscles that need assistance during the healing process. They may also offer self-care tips for massaging the joints you can reach yourself.

Enhancing Flexibility

If you want to optimise your athletic prowess, having greater flexibility always helps. A physiotherapist can assess your joints' current limitations and make recommendations for ensuring they become more flexible. If you're a runner or swimmer, this can mean achieving greater speed and reducing your recovery time after hard sessions. Additionally, better joint flexibility means you're less likely to injure yourself when you return to training.

Identifying Potential Risks

It isn't unusual for a physiotherapist to identify injuries in the making. Sometimes this happens because you're yet to recognise that a joint is unstable. Or, because you've spent time not training you may not position yourself in the right way. With a full assessment, your physiotherapist can identify potential injury triggers and make recommendations for avoiding problems. As a result, you can return to training without having to stop rapidly and can continue making fitness gains.

To make the most of your physiotherapy sessions, ensure you attend them regularly and take all the advice given. With a routine commitment, you can ease your way out of recovery and return to your previous state of fitness. 


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