Take action to prevent further injury
The majority of people would agree once their injury has healed, my job as an osteopath is done and their time at the clinic is no longer needed.
I encourage all my clients to practise preventive medicine, which is best deÅned as a branch of medical science dealing with methods of preventing the occurrence of disease.
This is neither a new method of practice nor a new fad.
From a conventional medical approach, receiving a simple blood test on a yearly basis is a way of practising preventive medicine.
A blood test has the ability to screen certain measures which helps your GP decide if certain measures need further investigation.
It gives you a sufÅcient overview of your body and potentially prevents the onset of silent killers such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
However, do we think like this when it comes to our physical health? I would say many of us don’t. This takes us back to the question — what do I do with my clients once their injury has healed?
Firstly, prevent the injury from reoccurring and secondly, reduce the chance of any other injury occurring.
This is not only achieved through hands-on treatment but, more importantly, exercise prescription.
Here are some examples.
FOR THE ELDERLY
Maintaining strength in our muscles and density in our bones through safe exercise prescription is a preventive measure in reducing an early onset of osteoporosis.
In return, this reduces the chance of any fractures occurring through falls.
FOR MOST OF THE POPULATION
Maintaining back and hip strength can be seen as a preventive measure to reduce your lower back pain from AEaring up.
FOR THE ACTIVE BUNCH
Maintaining optimal ankle and hip mobility can reduce stress on the knee, therefore reducing the chances of any insidious knee pain.
So the key message here is — next time your physical therapist signs you off from treatment, always ask if there is more to be done to help prevent any further injury or disease from a physical perspective.
And remember, the world runs on healthy people.