WHAT SHOULD I DO

AFTER A PHYSIOTHERAPY SESSION?

A tall glass of water and adequate hydration is a frequent bit of advice given by masseuses and health professionals alike.

There’s no doubt it’s a valuable and well-placed tip, though what’s commonly misunderstood is the importance and benefits of the many things you should do after any physiotherapy session.
While you may feel an instant relief of pain or a reduction in perpetuating symptoms directly following a physiotherapy appointment, our bodies need to continue recharging and healing beyond any time spent at the clinic. Healing doesn’t end at the techniques used. Instead, it’s meant to continue throughout a whole process.

In case you forget what was suggested by your physiotherapist or need a little reassurance as to why these bits of guidance are given in the first place, we’ve collated our go-to list of things you should do following a physiotherapy appointment so that you can ensure lasting results and genuinely understand their significance.

WHAT TO DO FOLLOWING A PHYSIOTHERAPY APPOINTMENT

Drink plenty of water

As we touched on above, the need for water after a physiotherapy session isn’t a secret or unheard-of guru advice. On the contrary, it is an essential antidote that motivates healing in the body. Its importance is that adequate water intake can lessen recovery time and restore the muscles or joints to their natural function. 

Move your body

Moving your body goes along with water advice above, as any movement, such as a fitness class, can aid in repairing the body and keeping it well hydrated.

Do your advised exercises 

It’s simple to push any follow-up exercises to the side and drop them off your to-do list for the day. However, it’s key to remember that they’re recommended for a reason. The suggested exercises are specific to your pain or ailment. However, they play a massive role in the long-term healing process.

Use heat (if required)

Depending on your condition or cause of pain, a physiotherapist will often suggest the continued use of heat. This relative and consistent use of a warm temperature help to loosen tense muscles and keep any luring tension at bay – for good.

Embrace a lazy day (or two)

If your body is calling out for rest and relaxation, it’s a sure sign that you and your body need it. However, overdoing it can cause unwanted repercussions and exasperation of pain. So, when you feel guilty taking a day off the gym, having a long nap or reading on the sofa, remember this can calm you and your muscles, which helps the recovery process considerably.
Beyond our after-treatment advice of physiotherapy, make sure that you are always aware of how you are feeling and how any pain is easing, getting worse or changing locale. You’re the whisperer of your own body, so if you begin to feel anything out of the ordinary or excessively worse, make sure you notify your physiotherapist clinic. As much as treatment can help, no one is better in tune with your body than you.

None of this has to be an unnecessary ag. It doesn’t mean it’s an interruption to your schedule, as professionals in the field of physiotherapy are sure to provide an individual and simple healing routine that works for you.
So, don’t forget to listen to any at-home plans or tips a physiotherapist recommends. They’re recommended for a purpose, and the goal is to ensure excellent and enduring solutions.

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