Any avoid exerciser will tell you that the most important part of a workout isn’t necessarily the hardcore weight lifting or cardio aerobic exercises. Sure, all of those work together to help you burn calories and fat, improve your level of physical fitness and also help you gain muscle and strength. But in order to maximize the benefits of your workout, you need to have muscles and joints that are flexible and limber.
That is why we believe even more important than exercise is preparing your body prior to exercising to make sure you’ll be able to get through a workout easily and with little strain on your muscles. People who exercise frequently or do sports on a weekly or daily basis are more prone to muscle straining or injury. For this reason, we consulted a physiotherapist in our are to ask them about what steps you can take to avoid straining your muscles or avoid any type of muscle injury.
Question: What types of people are prone to muscle injury? Are most people who go to physiotherapy senior citizens?
Answer: No, that is a common misconception. Physiotherapy is amazing for people of all walks of life. We have several clients who are males in their mid-late twenties and they come to us on a weekly or monthly basis to make sure their bodies are in top shape prior to a sports competition or a football match, for example. Of course we also have elderly clients who need help because their muscles aren’t as strong as they used to be.
Q: How does one know if they have a muscle injury? Can they check for themselves?
A: We do not recommend self-diagnosis. In an age of information overload, people often jump online and research their issues based on symptoms they are feeling. They often come to us after booking an appointment and are petrified that they have a more serious injury because of what they have read online. The best steps to take are to book an appointment with a professional physiotherapist who will begin by assessing your body for any muscle injury that is in need of repair. They will then work with you to develop a rehabilitation plan that will take place over a series of weeks or months to be able to fully provide you with enough exercises and treatment to reverse the effects of the injury.
Q: Can you ever full heal from a sports injury? Do people ever get full muscle restoration?
This is difficult to answer. In some cases, people are totally back to normal and experience no side effects. They feel as if they never had an injury. However, we recommend taking extra precaution because once one area has been injured it is very easy to re-injure. Make sure you are warming up and stretching before each type of physical activity and never do more than you feel your body can handle.