Trying to lead an ideal lifestyle of staying healthy, doing exercises and staying active is what we all strive for. It is exceptionally harder for those living and suffering from chronic pain. It's never fun trying to do exercises while dealing with pain or aches that cause discomfort. Physiotherapy is a good solution to these types of issues and will generally help in reducing and possibly eliminating your pain.
It takes a lot of work to be able to maintain a healthy, strong and active lifestyle. But once you start, the easier it will get for you. Being healthy is no easy job. We need to watch what we eat, get plenty of sleep and try and keep our stress levels down. This is easier said than done. Having a strong and active lifestyle, such as being able to go on walks, hiking, bicycling, exercising will help in keeping you healthy as well as help you sleep better at night and help to reduce your stress. The problem is when you are suffering from pain, it becomes harder to remain active and strong, and then our health becomes affected by this.
Step 1 - Get in touch with a Physiotherapist!
If pain is preventing you from being active, exercising, doing your hobbies or having fun with your friends, physiotherapy is the perfect fit for you. Physiotherapy is essential in helping you get rid of any chronic pain. People are generally worried about physiotherapy as they think it will hurt them which is not true. Physiotherapy is generally aimed at providing pain relief while providing some strengthening and stretching exercises to complete. Their treatment plans are focused around keeping your pain low while getting you back to an active, strong and healthy lifestyle.
Step 2 - Get an Assessment Done By a Physiotherapist
Getting an assessment done by a physiotherapist will allow them to pin point where the cause of your pain is coming from and with that info, they will be able to setup a treatment plan with you. Physiotherapists are able to accommodate you based on the type of pain and injury you currently have and will provide a treatment plan based on exercises and stretches catered to your specific injury.
Step 3 - Following Through With The Treatment Plan
It is vital that you follow through on the treatment plan and with the physiotherapist's recommendations. The treatment plan will likely consist of in-clinic therapy with home exercises and stretches which should be done based on what was discussed with the physiotherapist. These will likely include strengthening exercises, flexibility/stretching exercises and balance/mobility exercises. It is very important to follow the directions of the physiotherapist properly and to not overdo it as this can injure or even cause more discomfort. The opposite is also true, if you don't do the exercises appointed to you, you will not see any progress.