Preventing Common Injuries
... July 20, 2014
Massage Therapy: Preventing Common Injuries
I have had the opportunity to treat many people over the last few months. One thing I noted was the amount of people that came in with common injuries. Many of my clients were surprised to learn that massage therapy is an excellent tool that can be used for preventing common injuries.
In this post, I would like to take a minute to review a few areas where people can take more care, and prevent injuries from occurring. I would also like to take this opportunity to communicate the benefit that massage therapy and a registered massage therapist can offer to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Staying Fit and Maintaining Good Posture at the Gym
A while back, I had a client that injured them self at the gym while lifting weights. My client had recently taken a stance for a more active lifestyle, and in the process over did it at the gym while lifting weights.
My client explained that they normally show up at the gym and dive right into the weights without warming up. Michelle Key from Key2Fitness shared a few tips with me a few months ago, and it was beneficial in preventing common injuries.
Michelle suggested that anyone starting or even actively pursuing a workout routine, must remember that the body needs to warm up prior to getting active. Michelle says that the body is like an elastic, and once a fitness session is complete, the bodies muscles retract. The next time you work out, you are stretching the muscles from the retracted state. It is during this process where common injuries take place.
Michelle suggests that prior to working out, you should take a few minutes to stretch all the muscles in the body so they are prepared for the work ahead. Michelle also suggests that you should take things slow. Don’t jump into the all-time high weight lift until you’ve lifted some lighter weights first. Slowly working your body up will do wonders for preventing common injuries at the gym.
Get Loose Before Lifting Heavy Objects
Just last week, I had a client see me about some back pain. He injured himself while helping his friend move. He mentioned that he has helped many friends move in the past and never had this issue. Moving injuries are a common theme. Many people over exert themselves for the good of friendship, and never realize it until it’s too late.
Rick from Moving Forward moving company has seen these types of injuries many times. Rick can’t afford to be injured as he helps people move for a living. Rick suggests that prior to starting any move, he goes though a fifteen minute stretching routine to loosen up his muscles and prepare him for the heavy lifting ahead.
Rick suggests that anyone that is preparing to do some lifting, should take time to stretch out their back, shoulders, and legs. It’s important to remember that when lifting heavy objects, you keep your back straight and lift from your legs. Rick says it’s very common for people to injure their back because they were not utilizing the proper lifting posture. Never lift with your back. This is the easiest way to injure your back. Take time to loosen up, then use proper posture when lifting and you’ll be free and clear of any common back injuries.
Massage Therapy: How it Can Help
This post has focused on two areas where common injuries occur. While we’ve explored some tips to prevent common injuries, it may be too late for some. If you’ve found yourself with an injury and you want to get back to top shape, a registered massage therapist can help.
Massage therapy is a non invasive natural technique that helps restore muscles to their original state. It also helps to relax muscles and reduce tension. Rather than pumping yourself full of anti-inflammatory medications, massage therapy helps to eliminate pain without resorting to medicine. This natural treatment is preferred by many, and can help to prevent injuries as well.
Rather than wait for an injury to happen, take a proactive stance and start a massage therapy regimen early. Doing so will improve your health, your posture, and prevent common injuries from occurring.
What to do next?
Book your massage therapy consultation and take the next step towards a healthier lifestyle!