Whether you’re training for your first marathon or your thirty-first – or somewhere in between – it may be time to incorporate a physiotherapist into your fitness plan. Perhaps you thought that Physiotherapists were necessary only after an injury, but did you know that seeing one now could significantly prevent the incidence of a running injury?
If this is news to you, read on:
1. Physiotherapy mobilization can increase flexibility.
Increased flexibility delivers a host of positive benefits. According to Shape Fit, “A flexible joint has the ability to move through a greater range of motion and requires less energy to do so, while greatly decreasing your risk of injury. Most professionals agree that stretching decreases resistance in tissue structures; you are, therefore, less likely to become injured by exceeding tissue extensibility (maximum range of tissues) during activity.” Increased range of motion also has been proven to reduce muscle soreness and lower back pain, while improving posture, delivery of key nutrients to cells, and overall enjoyment of physical activity. Physiotherapy treatment before an injury occurs not only can prevent an injury from occurring, but also help maintain whole body wellness.
2. Reduced Injury Recovery Time
When an injury does happen, any scar tissue that forms reduces flexibility and increases muscle pain when agitated. Physiotherapists are able to use an array of healing techniques, such as myofascial release, ultrasound therapy, trigger point therapy, soft tissue massage and adhesion release to prevent scar tissue from forming. This treatment can get help you regain your flexibility and get back on track with your training schedule.
3. Prevention of Future Injuries
Improving core stability and flexibility allows a runner to prevent future injuries by improving overall reaction time. Additionally, taking the time to properly stretch allows a runner to realign parts of the body which have been weakened by poor posture and former injuries. This careful realignment is crucial for bringing balance to the body so that one muscle, or muscle group, isn’t compensating for another, which typically leads to injury sooner rather than later. By having regular physiotherapy, runners may prevent an injury that could land them on the sidelines.