Is Pain Stopping You From Getting Back in the Game?

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Is Pain Stopping You From Getting Back in the Game?

According to the Canadian Government, at least 6 million Canadians are living with chronic pain (pain lasting longer than three months). As if this isn’t a troubling enough trend, in recent years, physicians have been prescribing more and more prescription pain medications, including opioids. In the year 2013 alone, physicians prescribed nearly a quarter of a billion opioid prescriptions for pain relief. This over-prescription has contributed to the significant abuse and overdose epidemic going on this country.

In the face of this public health problem, there’s been a push for a return to more non-invasive and safer pain relief strategies, including physiotherapy. So whether your pain is acute or chronic in nature, we encourage you to get in touch with our NRG Athletes Physiotherapy team for natural pain relief.

5 Ways a Physiotherapist Provides Effective Pain Relief

A physiotherapist is a clinical expert in movement and dysfunction who uses a combination of manual and active techniques to help people recover from injury or illness affecting a variety of bodily systems. They provide pain relief for their patients in several ways:

1. A physiotherapist uses techniques and services that have been rigorously studied and supported by scientific research.

Strong research shows that physiotherapy services can significantly reduce back pain, post-operative pain and a variety of other pain-related conditions. By implementing a plan of care using techniques vetted by scientific research, therapists are truly able to improve patient outcomes.

2. Physiotherapy techniques have minimal-to-no side effects.

Treatments frequently used by your physiotherapist — including joint mobilizations, massage, and modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation and diathermy — have a very low risk of side effects, significantly lower than those imposed by other methods of pain relief (including invasive procedures and medications).

3. A physiotherapist provides pain relief by addressing pain at its root, rather than simply masking it.

The problem with pills is that if they are at all effective at relieving your pain, it’s usually only a temporary relief at best — stop taking the medication, and the pain will return. This is because most pain medications don’t fully address the specific underlying reason for your pain to be there in the first place.

On the other hand, a physiotherapist carefully evaluates your body and identifies the underlying reasons for your pain. By addressing the underlying cause (like scar tissue or muscle length imbalances), your therapist can help you relieve and even prevent pain.

4. A physiotherapist can implement individualized exercise programs that are specifically tailored to your stage of recovery.

Everybody (and every body) is intended to move, but when you’re in pain, it may seem counterintuitive to say that exercise can help you feel better. The truth is, physical activity can significantly reduce your pain, and physiotherapists are experts at designing individualized exercise programs that can promote tissue healing, swelling reduction, improved range of motion, and increased strength and endurance.

5. Participating in physiotherapy is an engaging process that can inspire you to take a more active role in your pain management.

As important as primary care physicians are, they generally don’t get to spend very much face-to-face time with their patients. But the typical physiotherapy session lasts anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, and your physiotherapist gets the opportunity to work closely with you and include you in in-depth discussions about progress, goals and needs.

Are you or a loved one currently dealing with pain? Contact NRG Athletes Physiotherapy Winnipeg, CA today to schedule an appointment with a physiotherapist and experience the kind of non-invasive and drug-free pain relief you deserve.

How to Put the Spring Back in Your Step

Whether you’re suffering from an injury or tired, achy muscles, a physiotherapist can create a personalized program to help you feel better and have more energy so you can enjoy your daily activities. Call us for information to see how NRG Athletes Therapy Fitness can help you achieve better overall health and greater physical fitness. The following are several specific ways our physiotherapists can put the spring back in your step!

1. Improve Balance

While balance generally decreases with age, there are also several health conditions that may affect your ability to maintain your balance. Maintaining greater balance can help you avoid trips and falls that can lead to serious injury. Good balance will not only help you avoid injury but can improve your ability to engage in and enjoy more strenuous activities. A physiotherapist can provide you with several different types of exercises to improve your balance whether you’re standing, walking, or engaging in athletics.

2. Increase Flexibility

A physiotherapy program can help increase your muscle and joint flexibility. A physiotherapist can help you work through a variety of stretching techniques to improve your overall flexibility. The therapist may also use heat therapy to loosen tight muscles and tendons. A physiotherapy program may also be able to improve flexibility by using different types of massage or even teaching you breathing techniques to increase relaxation.

3. Avoid Surgery

Surgery presents the possibility of blood clots, infection, and sometimes includes a lengthy recovering time. There are several conditions that may be avoided with the use of physiotherapy. Sprains, strains, tendonitis, a dislocated shoulder, and back pain are a few ailments that a physiotherapist can help you with. A physiotherapy program can assist your body in the natural healing process. While surgery is sometimes unavoidable, it’s almost always better to eliminate the need for an invasive procedure if the problem can be treated with physiotherapy.

4. Recover Quickly

If you’ve already had surgery or have suffered from an injury, a physiotherapy program can be created to assist in your recovery. A physiotherapist can put together a rehabilitation program that specifically addresses your needs to help you recover as quickly as possible. Rehab may include strength and range of motion exercises. A trained physiotherapist can guide your rehabilitation process so you progress quickly without overdoing it and help prevent further injury.

5. Reduce Injury

Not only can physiotherapy help you recover more quickly from injuries, it can also help you reduce the chance of future injury. The physiotherapist can teach you several different exercises you can do at home and before you engage in physical activity to help prevent injury. If you’re recovering from surgery or an amputation, a physiotherapist can help you learn to walk and move in new ways that will help you stay active while reducing the chance of falls and injury.

6. Stay Active

Even if you’re already in good health and involved in a variety of activities, a physiotherapist can help you enhance your performance in your chosen sport. Whether it’s tennis, golf, swimming, or jogging, a physiotherapist can guide you in learning how to move correctly and safely while engaging in your particular sport. A physiotherapist can put together a program to increase your strength, endurance, and flexibility.

Whether it’s preventative physiotherapy, rehab, or therapy to improve your ability to walk and enjoy daily activities, a trained physiotherapist can help you achieve your physical fitness goals. After an evaluation, your physiotherapist can put together a treatment program that addresses your specific needs.

Contact NRG Athletes Physiotherapy Winnipeg, CA today for a consultation with an experienced physiotherapist!

5 Reasons Why You Need to Start Stretching

If there’s one thing that you can count on a physiotherapist introducing into every session, it’s stretching. Yes, building strength and endurance is important. But whether you’re an athlete, or someone coping with the aches and pains of aging, increasing your flexibility through stretching is crucial. Read on to learn more about some of the top benefits of stretching and speak with an expert at NRG Athletes Therapy Fitness Winnipeg, CA.

Range of Motion Improvement

How far your joints can move in all directions influences virtually every moment of the day. Arthritis or injury can hamper how far, and where, you can flex and extend your limbs and torso. From twisting your neck to see behind you when driving, to being able to move your knee freely, range of motion is crucial for both daily life and for fitness pursuits. Even if you’re fairly stiff now, doing more stretches each day will gradually reduce stiffness and increase flexibility.

Relief in Unexpected Places

When your calves start feeling a bit tight after a run, it’s obvious that more stretching is needed. But we sometimes forget the sheer interconnectedness of our bodies. If you’re experiencing lower back pain, for example, stretching your legs during physiotherapy can be as important as stretching your back. In fact, your hips, upper thighs and your hamstrings can all play a big part in creating lower back pain relief. Likewise, improving your posture through stretching your torso can provide the kind of support you need to keep your spine from compressing, which helps you avoid shoulder and neck pain.

Enhanced Performance

If you’re an athlete, you know that the more conditioning your joints, ligaments and muscles get, the greater your advantage in your sport. Bodybuilders can recover from their reps more quickly by stretching tightened muscles as a cool-down. Golfers can get a longer reach by increasing range of motion through the hips and shoulders. Swimmers can keep their strokes even by perfecting their balance through physiotherapy stretching moves. In fact, there are few competitive sports for which stretching doesn’t offer an advantage.

Injury Prevention

There’s a certain amount of debate in the sports world about the degree to which pre- or post-workout stretching protects you from injury. But few people deny those stretches can contribute to injury prevention. A tense, shortened muscle is often an injury waiting to happen because it doesn’t work at peak performance. When you stretch, you’re also increasing your range of motion, while improving your balance. All of these factors can prevent you from making the types of moves that lead to injury, whether it’s coming down too hard on one foot, or twisting your back further than you should to compensate for lack of shoulder range.

Improved Circulation

Stretching can reduce stress, but that isn’t the only reason it’s good for your heart and your musculoskeletal system. Tight muscles constrict available oxygen supply, essentially robbing themselves of the nutrients they need. Stretches help reverse the process. You’ll also get the benefit of increased blood flow to your joints and throughout the body. Your physiotherapist knows that good circulation is key to every aspect of health, from sharp thinking to clear skin.

Of course, there are plenty of other ways that stretching can improve your life. Many people enter a Zen-like state as they stretch. Others get a sense of pride from being more limber. When you’re ready to add stretches to your daily routine, consider getting started through physiotherapy. Our team can walk you through the best ways to tackle your situation. Static or dynamic stretching? Pre- or post-activity stretching? A physiotherapist can help you learn the basics. Contact NRG Athletes Physiotherapy Winnipeg, CA today to learn more.