Stretching to prevent injuries

First of all, it is important to ensure that we all know what prevention is: “the action of stopping something from happening”. In our case that “something” corresponds to “injury”.

Prevention is the cleverest way to avoid getting injured. Prevention is something we are not used to, but it is the best option to stay injury free and save some money.

I am sure everybody knows the popular quote “ you don´t know what you have until you lose it”. In the same way, you don´t appreciate good health until you lose it.

We all think that we have to visit a health professional, let´s say a physiotherapist or doctor, only when we get injured and the reality is that this thought is totally wrong. “Why is it wrong?” Simply because prevention should always be the first step. First of all, nobody likes to feel pain and prevention avoids this; secondly, nobody wants to have a rest from his/her sports training or professional life ( okay, some people think that being off sick is great, but it is not if you are in pain) and prevention will help with that; and thirdly, you are going to save money if you prevent injuries.

Yes, I know, I mentioned the word money twice and I did it because sadly it is the language we all understand. Well, I said that prevention means saving money because if you get injured you will need to spend quite a lot of money on several treatments which sometimes can last even months (depending on the injury).

On the contrary, by preventing injuries you only need to do exercises at home or outside and maybe treatment every now and then (above all, if you are an athlete, as your muscles and joints need more care).

Bad posture reading

Bad posture

“How to prevent injuries?” Well, you don´t need to make a huge effort. Make sure that your posture at work is the correct one, depending on the job you do: office job, physical job where you have to carry weight, professional athlete, postman, driver, any job where you have to stay standing up and still for many hours… Also, you should be aware of your everyday posture: when you sit on the sofa to watch TV, when you are sitting to eat, doing the washing up, brushing your teeth,  sleeping,  in front of your computer,  cleaning your car…

To ensure good posture, either at work or at home, you should be aware of your body alignment (spine, shoulders, knees, ankles and hips are the main structures to focus on),  your weak muscles,  your short muscles and any muscle imbalance. To find out all this, postural analysis is needed, as well as a few physical tests.

Taking into account the above, all you need is some posture advice, strengthening and stretching exercises adapted to your needs and maybe a treatment with a health professional, if these exercises mentioned are not sufficient for you.

This post gives you a general approach to prevention without much explanation. I will talk about all this, in more depth, in future posts to enable you to understand it more easily.

“Any idea about what prevention is now?”  Share your thoughts by writing a comment.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me on The Physical TherapyPhysiotherapy Clinic based in Southampton, and I will be happy to help you.

In brief
” If people are constantly falling off a cliff, you could place ambulances under the cliff or build a fence on the top of the cliff. We are placing all too many ambulances under the cliff.”— Denis Burkitt

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