Whether you’re a competing athlete, a social sports person or someone who simply likes to keep fit, keeping your body well maintained and in good shape is super important for daily activity and injury prevention. We have all experienced the aches, pains and injuries that comes with physical activity at some stage or another, and thus we usually know what it feels like when we really need physical therapy, however do we know how to read the signs our bodies are telling us BEFORE the inevitable injury sets in!?
Well there’s a few ways to help you read these signs. Injuries often have precursors that can present themselves in different ways, some of these include physical and mental exhaustion, tired and aching muscles, loss of flexibility and mobility, muscle fatigue, poor posture and previous history of injuries. It’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of completing workout after workout, run after run, yoga session after yoga session, however we sometimes forget to press pause and recognize what our body is telling us. And when or if any of these signs present, it is so important to schedule your body some time for R&R (rest and recreation recovery!). All bodies are different and therefore require different amounts of time and different approaches to fully recover. The recovery time from bouts of physical exertion depends on factors such as nutrition, sleep, daily activity and therapy. For example, if you eat a well balanced and healthy diet, get enough sleep, spend time unloading the muscles and joints (stretching, mobility, swimming etc.) and get myotherapy regularly for muscle maintenance, you are going to recover much quicker than let’s say, a junk food loving couch potato, that doesn’t sleep a wink nor understands what physical therapy is.
The benefits of using Myotherapy for muscle maintenance and recovery is to flush the muscle of lactic acid and waste products as well as increasing circulation to heal the micro damage in the tissues caused by activity. A myotherapist will restore the muscle to its normal resting length, allowing it to function at its optimal best. Along with the physical changes, you will also be given training and advice on how to self-maintain your body so that you are feeling better for longer.
It is also helpful to know that we are creatures of habit. If you make exercise, rest and recovery a part of your weekly routine, you will find it much easier to schedule in those days to get your regular maintenance and check up. This also works the other way, where we can often try to squeeze too much exercise in succession, ignoring our bodies that are screaming for rest and end up pulling a muscle or rolling an ankle.
So to keep your body well maintained, get in a good habit of listening to your body, recognising early signs of injury and getting physical therapy.