If you’re familiar with the saying ‘A picture paints a thousand words’, you’ll know these shoes can tell a lot about the individual who was wearing them.
The pattern of wear on the soles of shoes is a clue to a person’s running or walking style. It can also help identify abnormal movement patterns that may be causing pain or affecting a person’s ability to perform physical actions like running, jumping, or even just getting out of bed!
A person’s body gives off even more clues than a pair of their shoes.
By listening, observing, and touching, well qualified Medical, Allied Health Practitioners and Exercise Specialists can usually get all the information they need to diagnose any physical injury that a person may be suffering from.
More importantly, they can use these clues to identify potential risk areas where an injury may occur in the future.
If you’re an athlete…
it’s even more important that you get accurate advice. The key to injury recovery and prevention is ongoing assessment from someone who supports their reputation with both knowledge and experience.
In general, Health professionals like Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Massage Therapists treat people whose bodies are not functioning as normal. Some injuries are caused by a physical episode like falling, twisting, or contact with an object. Sometimes pain is related to abnormal movement patterns caused by muscle weakness or overuse.
The Health Professionals with the most successful outcomes are also highly knowledgeable about what are considered ‘normal’ movement patterns. They assess using posture, flexibility, stability and running patterns, Once correct movement patterns are understood then the remedy for movement dysfunction becomes much more obvious.
There is no such thing as a simple injury.
If you’ve got a sports injury, choose a Health Professional who gets out of their Clinic and ‘gets their hands dirty’ in sport. They’re the ones getting regular exposure to acute injuries. This experience also helps expand their knowledge about which treatment options create the best recovery outcomes.
Professional athletes and dedicated amateur sports competitors, under the guidance of Health Professionals, spend countless hours on remedial exercise to be physically ‘better’. These are not the exercises that make muscles big, they are the exercises that establish functional movement control.
Control means, in every possible movement during exercise, your body has the mobility and integrity to maintain a position. Positional awareness (Proprioception) and functional integration of systems are essential at all times during physical activity, if you want to give yourself the best chance of staying injury free.
Every sports person has an individual potential for injury based on genetics, injury history and training history.
Expert Health Professionals know how to identify that risk profile and prescribe remedial exercise to assist in improving mobility and stability to prevent injury. If unavoidable injury does happen, the athlete with the better integrated control systems will recover much faster than someone less prepared.
Returning the body to normal function following injury…
requires a clear understanding of the progression of improvement.
This can only be achieved with regular, targeted assessment and feedback. The most successful rehab programs use re-assessment targets that are based on physical skills, not time. Athletes have to be able to perform a particular skill before they are allowed to progress to the next level of the program. If you have a rehab program and, after regular re-assessment there is little or no improvement, your rehab plan needs to change.
If your treating therapist doesn’t regularly re-assess your progress against physical achievement milestones, change your therapist!
There is no point in doing the same thing over and over, and expecting the outcome to be different!