Avoiding Injuries: Old & New

Avoiding Injuries: Old & New

With warmer weather just around the corner, it’s important to make sure you’re taking the necessary precaution when it comes to staying active.  Last week our friends from Physiomed gave up some tips on avoiding injuries, but what if you’ve injured something previously? How do you avoid straining yourself? And more importantly, how do you know when you’ve pushed yourself too far?

Here’s a few things to be aware of when you maneuvering around old injuries:

Know Your Limits

It’s important to know the difference between a good pain and a bad one.  And while it is good to push yourself, it’s easy to push yourself too far.  If you have experienced an injury in the past, make sure to discuss possible restrictions with your doctor or trainer.  Remember to listen to your body, as well.  If you feel a greater strain than usual, take a break, rest and take it easy when you get back into it.

Sleep Smart

Given its recommended to get approximately 8 hours of sleep each night, it makes sense that our sleeping position has some pretty big effects on our body.  And this doesn’t only apply to those with past injuries, but sleeping in a less than stellar position can even cause some injuries.  By sleeping in a neutral position, keeping your back and neck in proper alignment, your risk of aggravating or creating new pains and aches will be reduced.  One suggestion is to keep a pillow either between your knees (while on your side) or under them (while on your back) to keep everything properly aligned.

Move It, Move It

As easy as it is to incur an injury while moving around, it’s just as easy to do so by remaining stagnant throughout your day.  Many of us work in a position that demands you to be seated for long hours most of the day, and this is taxing on out back neck and shoulders.  Make sure you get up and walk around, or stretch occasionally.  By taking these little breaks, you less likely to get injured.

Recovery

If you find you’re very uncomfortable or in pain and it won’t go away with rest or stretching, it’s important to properly recover from your injury.  Whether it’s a cramp, pull or something more severe, not addressing an issue early on could increase your risk of injury.  Proper rehab will strengthen your muscles and stretching will improve your range of motion, these two methods combined can not only alleviate the pain of an injury but also reduce the chance of you injuring yourself in the future.

Physiomed offers weekly blogs on healthy eating, an active lifestyle and maintaining your body! For more on how you can avoid aggravating old injuries or simply preventing future ones, check out their detailed version here!

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