Joining a health club is a big decision, and this means for some that your thoughts are focused on a healthier lifestyle. A fitness facility assists you in achieving your goals, whether the goal is weight loss and gaining lean muscle mass, increasing either your flexibility or cardiovascular fitness (heart and lungs), and /or reducing joint pain all for a better quality of life.
What do you do if you are in pain when you exercise?
Do you lack movement in your hips and shoulders that is not allowing you to achieve your goals at the gym? Or do you have low back pain that limits you from doing abdominal exercises to get the six pack abs? Athletic Therapy can help you through these tough and painful times.
An athletic therapist is a specialist of the bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joints of the body, commonly known as the musculoskeletal system.
They are equipped to handle any of your musculoskeletal issues whether it is in your:
- Low back
- Upper back
- Neck, etc.
They are trained to assess the body. For example, the lack of shoulder movement and pain you are experiencing could be coming from your upper back due to lack of mobility, or it might be coming from muscles in your neck thus causing you pain and inhibiting your shoulder movement. By discovering the source, an athletic therapist will do what needs to be done to get you on your way to a quick recovery so you can obtain those fitness goals you so desire.
Athletic therapists are armed with many tools to help alleviate pain and swelling, increase flexibility and strength, and decrease joint stiffness. You’ll receive more than just treatment; you will also be educated as a member so you can better understand the causes of your discomfort and /or musculoskeletal issue.
The athletic therapist can use:
- Manual therapy techniques to get rid of adhesions in the muscles
- A technique called mobilizations to get the joints moving the way they are supposed to
- A fascia technique to loosen the fascial adhesions from the muscle and organs
- Taping techniques to stabilize the joint
- Manual muscle testing to identify where the imbalance in the system is
Their expertise with the various techniques above is beneficial in helping with your recovery from the musculoskeletal problem, because of this athletic therapy can get you back on track with your fitness.
When your athletic therapist deems that you are ready to return to a pain-free exercise program, they will design catered exercises for you to relieve your problem area; these exercises are included with your regular training. Having an athletic therapist design specific exercises for you ensures that the appropriate muscle groups are strengthened and stretched.
Next time you notice that you don’t have the mobility in your hips to get down into a squat, or your low back pain is hindering you from doing abdominal exercises, solicit the expertise of an athletic therapist.
Why workout in pain and discomfort? Use athletic therapy to complement your workout and alleviate these troubles to get you back to your exercise routine?
Written by: Andrea Dowd, Certified Athletic Therapist at Richmond World Health.