Two things which annoy us more than anything else are injury and illness. Why? Firstly, because they stop you from training. And, secondly, because both are usually within your control to prevent.
In terms of injury, there are obviously some occurrences which are partly outside your control – an icy pavement causing you to slip and fall over, for example. But many sporting and everyday injuries take place for one of a number of reasons which are entirely within our control – a failure to warm-up properly for the exercise or sport we are carrying out, a muscle imbalance which puts the skeletal system under consistent pressure, or a postural fault which we allow to go uncorrected.
In severe cases, injuries not only prevent us from activity for a period of time, but put physical limitations on what we can do for the rest of our lives. These are the really unfortunate cases. For most injuries, there are ways to redress the problem to regain full physical fitness and enjoy a healthy, active life.
We have experience in working with doctors and physios post-injury to help people get back to enjoy pain-free activity.
This is a multi-stage process involving assessing and diagnosing the problem, developing a corrective course of exercises, and then implementing those exercises. Frequently, but not always, all parts of the process will be handled by doctors and physiotherapists. Sometimes, a physio will give a patient ‘homework’ to do in their own time but, for whatever reason, the patient may struggle to carry out those exercises using proper exercise form without assistance. Or, the patient may not know when they need to progress to more challenging exercises in order to continue the recovery process. This is where a skilled personal trainer with experience in injury management can be of great assistance.
The reason a personal trainer can help is that the same tasks of correcting exercise form and moving from less complex to more complex and functional exercises is exactly the same process we go through when training people to use gym equipment for the first time. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the exercises prescribed by physiotherapists to help recover from injuries are also exactly the same stability exercises which personal trainers use to help promote joint stability and reduce the likelihood of injury taking place.
Exercise is a great way to reduce the likelihood of injury, particularly with the use of free weights, which require greater use of your body’s stabiliser muscles, and instability devices such as Swiss balls and BOSU balls which force the body to work from an unstable platform. However, should you suffer the misfortune of an injury, get help to put things right as soon as possible. The longer an injury drags on, the higher the chance it will turn into a chronic problem.