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10
2019

Physical Therapy and its Benefits for Athletes

Physical therapy is the branch of medicine that is focused on treating and improving our body’s physical conditions through the application of a wide-range of methods, such as the use of cold and hot patches, water, electricity, and massages in the most affected areas. Physical therapy has proven to be an excellent ally in the prevention and treatment of injuries in sports medicine, as its ultimate goal is to help athletes to regain mobility, reduce their pain, prevent several disabilities, and improve their overall health and fitness. Common injuries for athletes include sprains, strains, knee injuries, swollen muscles, shin splints, fractures, and dislocations. In the following article, we’ll explore the benefits of physical therapy among athletes.

Physical therapy speeds up the recovery process

Resting is an essential part of the healing process, because it helps repair the micro-fissures that appear on the muscle while exercising. Some athletes do not rest what the muscle requires, so the muscle –apart from not increasing its size– does not recover completely.

Therefore, sports physiotherapy has enormous benefits, because the therapies increase the strength of muscles, ligaments and tendons; thus speeding up the healing process.

Helps on pain relief

Regardless of the case, when some pathology is painful it becomes a nuisance for our daily lives. Fortunately, physiotherapy helps to reduce pain quickly, through the use of treatments such as massages, electrotherapy, stretching, and heat/cold patches.

Prevents future injuries

Physiotherapeutic treatments usually strengthen the force of muscles, which makes them less likely to suffer an injury or ailment. Also, the therapies are done in a way that adapts the muscle to the sport that the person practices. In this way, it helps prevent future pathologies.

In conclusion, physical therapy was studied and designed to be an effective and beneficial tool for athlete’s. It is one of the most reliable methods to accelerate the recovery process, and its benefits go beyond the reduction of injuries or pain relief: it’s an excellent choice to maintain and improve an athlete’s well-being.

So what are you waiting for? Contact Midland Sports Rehab today to schedule your appointment!

Author Dr. Jeff Berard

Dr. Berard is owner and clinical director of Midland Sports Rehab. He is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic who graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2000 and has been in private practice since. He attended undergraduate school at the University of South Florida and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology. Dr. Berard has a unique skill set that has been developed over the last 16 years working with athletes from all over the globe as well as developing a niche utilizing a specific technique developed for the average person suffering with chronic lower back and neck pain. Jeff and his wife Kristin, are big supporters of local health, sports, and recreation programs. They love getting involved and have a very active role in the Midland Community with their young daughter, Annabelle.