Caring for your Body

Look after your body – it’s the only one you get

From a physiotherapy point of view not paying enough attention to your body’s musculoskeletal needs may lead to problems such as:

  1. Early or exacerbated degeneration of your joints and intervertebral discs
  2. Irritation of various parts of your neural system
  3. Increased physical stress
  4. Muscle imbalances around joints that may cause tendon problems and bursitis
  5. Headaches
  6. Poor posture that becomes more and more difficult to correct as the soft tissues tighten
  7. Pain on walking and other normal activities of daily living
  8. Difficulty finding a comfortable sleeping position

 

What can you do about it?

Most people most of the time – including me – are thinking about what they are doing not how they are doing it. It’s only when something breaks down that the opportunity presents itself for a lot of people to learn about how their body is functioning or mal-functioning.

Current physiotherapy is client centred and as such stresses the importance of patient education and I agree totally with that approach. If a person doesn’t understand why they have developed a condition then they cannot be expected to comply with an exercise regime or other advice designed to help that condition heal.

My experience is that if a person understands what is going on with their body they are more likely to get involved in helping to create the optimal conditions for healing and preventing future recurrences. This requires correcting faulty movement patterns by training the body to move in fact normally – the way it was designed to move.

This can feel very odd because the faulty way of moving can become a habit and feel “normal” even if it is harming the body.

Even though initially changing movement habits can feel abnormal and difficult changes in fact occur quite quickly due in part to the brain’s amazing plasticity and it’s ability to help with change. It’s a little like turning a light switch on – often problems are not so much due to weakness but timing patterns.

All aspects of life have to be addressed – work habits, sport, family, lifestyle and stage of life.

Physiotherapy is very much about helping you develop the best strategies to meet your individual needs and maintain your body in the best possible condition. The aim is to be able to enjoy pain free mobility for as long as possible.