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Prehab Exercise
18 Feb

Prehab Exercise

Prehab Exercise

 

Prehab is a way to injury-proof yourself and learn how to get your body ready for the workout demands you are about to put it through.

With the summer now not so far off, a lot of people want to start getting in shape and shift those extra winter pounds.  But you can’t run before you can walk. You might have been a great athlete a couple years back and were able to lift heavy weights or run a marathon. But it doesn’t mean that you can now – you need to prepare your body, to prevent injury. And this is exactly where prehab exercise is key.

 

What is Prehab?

Prehab exercise has “recently” become a big thing amongst the general population, and all gyms should be reinforcing it.

Prehab exercises should be personalised, and form part of an individual program focused on your needs. It should be adjusted as your workout habits change and your body changes with it. It should be based on a sport specific exercise program for athletes or for those who are just looking to improve their fitness levels with classes or a new gym membership.

“The aim is to balance strength, stability, and range of motion throughout the body, matching left and right, front and back, upper and lower.” – Carly Wheatley

 

Who needs Prehab?

Everybody!

You get stuck in your daily routines, sitting at a desk for long periods, or standing on your preferred side, etc. But what happens when you have to do something differently and your body is not ready for this? What happens if you are an athlete but you just spent the summer or even just 2 weeks taking some time off? Your body compensates or gets detrained and it doesn’t take much for one jolt or one wrong twist or turn to give you an injury. Underused muscles weaken and overused ones become tight, meaning these structures become vulnerable to injury. This happens to everyone!

 

Where to get help with a Prehab Exercise Programme?

When you think of Physiotherapy, you probably think of someone who helps you after you have suffered an injury. This is true, however that is not all we do.

Our main focus is to treat and prevent further injuries from happening, but we also focus on helping you with never getting an injury in the first place.

We are firm believers that adding an extra 10-15 minutes to your workout routine of getting your body set and ready for the demands you are about to put it through is key to helping you prevent injuries.

A prehab exercise program helps you by activating, mobilizing and stabilizing joints, key muscles and unstable/weak areas you might have.

Everyone should be evaluated and screened before being given a prehab exercise program. This should include biomechanical observations, medical history; present medical health status, an objective assessment on range of motion, balance, strength and proprioception.

Besides Physiotherapists, you can get a prehab program designed for you by the following professionals:

  • Sport Rehabilitator/therapist
  • Athletic trainer/therapist
  • Personal trainer (if they have extensive knowledge in these areas)

Prehab exercise – our self-help advice:

  • Use dynamic stretches before you start your workout (e.g. single leg glute bridges, monster walks with a band to get those glutes firing, etc)

    • Static stretching after your workout if you want
  • Make sure your prehab program focuses on core strength, stabilization and balance exercises.
  • Combine your prehab with a healthy diet, good sleeping patterns and cut out bad habits that weaken your body such as, smoking, drugs, heavy drinking and unnecessary amounts of sugar.
  • There is no “one-size fits all” when it comes to Prehab. Do not copy your gym buddy’s routine, seek assistance and learn what is good for you.
  • Heavy weight session:

    • Focus on dynamic stretching for the joints and muscles you intend to be using;
    • Joint mobilizations;
    • Activate muscles and stabilizers you will be using.
  • Running:

    • Open chain activities (e.g. Leg swings);
    • Single leg dynamic stability exercises.
  • Work from the bottom up;
  • SEEK help with your tailor made Prehab program and get started the RIGHT way!

 

Get in touch

If you’re looking to become more active, or are an athlete that has taken a break for whatever reason, then get in touch with us to create you a prehab exercise programme that will stop you from getting injured by pushing your body too hard without making sure that it is ready. Call 0161 833 3008 or email info@totalrestore.co.uk.

Sports Therapy vs. Physiotherapy
26 Mar

Sports Therapy vs. Physiotherapy

It is a common issue that many people are confused between the services of a physiotherapist and a sports therapist. The confusion usually affects people when they require the services of one of these two professionals. However, you are not to blame: in practice, they seem to deal with solving related problems that may concern sports massage physiotherapy. In this article, you will be able to understand which service to go for and when.

sports therapy vs. physiotherapy

Sports Therapy vs. Physiotherapy – What’s the difference?

Sports Therapist

The sport therapy experts mostly specialised in musculoskeletal disorders. They are capable of handling issues such as injuries and pain control. Additionally, they offer preventive and rehabilitative solutions to injuries and pains. The experts operate under the Society of Sports Therapists, a body that regulates their professionalism. For an expert to serve as a sports therapist, they must undergo a three-year course degree that covers the musculoskeletal system, pain revival and body injury prevention and maintenance.

Physiotherapist

Normally, the physiotherapy experts deal with disabilities, injuries and illness. Their works are to help in general body maintenance, which includes manual therapy, movement, education, exercise and offering advice to the clients. Typically, they efficiently handle people of all ages. A physiotherapist must be a graduate of a three-year course that equips them with the knowledge to treat neurological, neuromusculoskeletal, back pains, respiratory and the cardiovascular problems. They must meet the standards set by Health and Care Professions Council. The HCPC is a body that controls all physiotherapists through a set of standards.

The Differences

The two professionalisms coincide with the treatments they offer. However, they are distinguishable professionals in the following ways:

  • Sports therapist specialise mostly in dealing with athletes. They play a significant role in enabling them to prevent injuries before they attend their respective sports. They achieve this through various massage and nonmedical treatment options. However, physiotherapist deals with a wider range of people and issues. They have a more medical knowledge that enables them to deal and treat diseases that are neurological and respiratory in addition to control of pains and solving the musculoskeletal problems.
  • As the sports therapy deals with sports massage physiotherapy such as restoration of the musculoskeletal system for the athletes, enabling them to recover quickly, the physiotherapy aims at helping people to live comfortably and enable them to work with good physical fitness and body problems that would instead distract and derail them from work.

Choosing the Right Specialist

Despite the differences between the two specialists, it’s entirely your choice who should address your body issues. But with the above information, you can quickly make the right decision concerning your requirements. However, you must consider the experience of the experts before hiring their services. Have they dealt with similar cases like yours? Total Restore gives you sports massage physiotherapy such as muscle pains, injuries, fractures, strains, arthritis and tendonitis among many other problems. Experience and professionalism is the key to getting the best services.

What are the benefits of Sports Massage Physiotherapy?
26 Feb

What are the benefits of Sports Massage Physiotherapy?

Sports massage physiotherapy

Many people suffer from pains after having long periods of physical activities. The pains are a result of a few injuries that may affect the body parts as well as problematic reasons in the blood vessels. Such problems may affect not only those in athletics but also any other person who is physically active. Fortunately, getting sports massage physiotherapy can be a solution to evade such pains. Massaging can be done before or after sporting activity.

The following are benefits of massage physiotherapy:

Reduce Injury Occurrence and Boost Performance

For every athlete, injury issues are one of the leading factors that can deter their performance. In most cases, players under injury terms are sidelined for any sports activity until they heal, get fit and pronounced ready to resume. A pre-massage can be so helpful in the performance of any person. It gives you the flexibility to compete more efficiently. It can help to prompt the nerves cells, making your muscles more flexible. It also enhances proper blood flow in the body. In turn, it helps you to enjoy adequate inhalation of oxygen during the sporting action. In fact, such flexibility will enable you to evade injuries that may come due to collapsing, muscle pull and many other possible problems. Through massage, anxiety reduction and morale-boosting are achievable.

Pain Reduction, Muscle Retrieval and Immune System Boosting

The physical activity may overwork the muscles, limiting their working ability and potential. Massage physiotherapy plays a significant role in efficient relaxation. The massage improves the muscle activity as well as blood flow. It enables eased the process of metabolism by-products to move smoothly and fast from the muscles. The implication of the enhanced method makes you enjoy a quicker realisation of a relaxed feeling. Typically, without such massage, the body inactively conducts these activities. The blockage that may happen in blood vessels may also cause pain. However, such strains are controlled and eliminated by the proper massaging. It also enables the body to release the endorphin hormones that effectively aids in control of pain by interacting with receptors in your brain. Pain reduction allows you to enjoy sleep without anybody disruptions.

Prevention and Control of Muscle Related Problems

The Sports massage physiotherapy efficiently avoids the occurrence of muscle problems such as swelling. There are various ways that it is done depending on preference as well as the probability of swelling. For high probability cases of swelling, another more modified massage method can be used. The physiotherapist applies the techniques of vehicle graphics, which makes use of the vinyl film materials. The material is wrapped firmly on the muscle area to prevent the occurrence of swelling as well as controlling pressure in the muscles.