Exploring Why Athletes Need Regular Physiotherapy Sessions

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By Dr. Ravin Sodhi, D.C.

PUBLISHED ON November 16, 2023

Are you an athlete who wants to improve your overall performance and ability to recover from injury? Keep reading to discover why athletes need regular physiotherapy sessions. From increased strength and flexibility to better performance and improved healing, you can receive the five biggest benefits of regular physiotherapy sessions.

1. Injury Prevention

Whether you play an intense sport or frequently work out, the life of an athlete leaves you constantly vulnerable to injury from impacts, strains, or overuse. Physiotherapy sessions help athletes prevent injury by working on overused muscles and strengthening them for optimal performance.

These exercises act as preventative measures against injury because when your muscles and joints become used to minor injuries from exercise, they strengthen and more easily resist future, more severe injuries.

2. Flexibility

One of the biggest reasons why athletes need regular physiotherapy sessions is because it increases their flexibility. No matter what sport you play, you could benefit from more flexible joints and muscles, even if it’s just to improve your exercise routine.

Physiotherapy improves flexibility in the following ways:

  • Through stretches and exercises, your muscles and joints slowly develop a greater range of motion.
  • By teaching you proper techniques, your physiotherapist can help you improve your flexibility with a lower risk of discomfort or injury.
  • When your muscles achieve a higher state of relaxation from physiotherapy, you can stretch them further without pain.

3. Durability

The more often you engage in physical activity, the more likely you are to suffer injury, pain, or discomfort. Fortunately, regular physiotherapy sessions can help increase the durability of your muscles, bones, joints, and soft tissue. 

If you play a contact sport, you’re no stranger to the impacts of other athletes and sports equipment and the pain it leaves you with. Through physiotherapy, your body learns to cope more effectively with these injuries so you can suffer less pain and recover more quickly.

4. Rehabilitation

Regular physiotherapy sessions play a crucial role in healing and can improve an athlete’s ability to recover from injury more quickly. When your body stays stiff or tense, you’re less likely to engage in the stretches that help you recover faster. Physiotherapy can give you the energy and comfort you need to perform your healing exercises.

The techniques involved in physiotherapy also increase your blood flow, which is a major component in healing and helps your body absorb the essential nutrients it needs to recover. Because it helps you avoid serious injury, athletes who regularly attend physiotherapy often require fewer surgical interventions.

5. Relaxation

The last benefit of regular physiotherapy sessions is that they improve your ability to relax, especially after a hard practice or workout. Physiotherapy treatment includes massage, heat therapy, or electrical stimulation, which provides much-needed relaxation to tense muscles.

Now that you know why athletes need regular physiotherapy sessions, are you ready to claim the benefits for yourself? If you’re ready to improve your athletic performance, contact Active Physiotherapy Brampton at (289) 273-2716 to schedule a consultation appointment today!

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