Without some simple exercises, we know that certain muscles can become weak. When these supporting muscles are weak, your injured structures are inadequately supported and predispose you to lingering symptoms or further injury. You can also over-activate adjacent muscles that may lead to further injury.
It is also important to understand that even if you are “in good shape,” you may have important
but weak localised or stability muscles. When you have an injury, you should perform specific exercises that specifically strengthen the muscles around your injury and the adjacent joints. Your physiotherapist will assess your muscle function and prescribe the right exercises specific for your needs.
The exercises prescribed will usually be relatively simple, and do not require any special weights equipment, and can be performed safely at home.
Would You Stop Your Daily Prescription Drugs?
When your physiotherapist prescribes your individualised dose or exercises, they are using their professional expertise to optimise your exercise dose. Would you just stop taking your regular blood pressure medication because you were too busy or
didn’t think it was working? I would hope not!
Exercise when prescribed by an expert such as your physiotherapist should be treated as your mandatory dose as prescribed by your physiotherapist. Just like when you don;t take your blood pressure medication, you can’t expect the drugs to work of you don’t take it as prescribed by your health professional! So, next time you skip your “exercise dose” just remember that you are not putting your health first.
If you have any questions, please contact your Physio Works physiotherapist for your best care.