That little niggle that you put down to sleeping awkwardly the night before - you might take a couple of pain-killers and carry on with your day. You forget about it, and then a couple of weeks late that niggle returns, but this time, the pain is worse, and it starts to get in the way of your day to day activities.
The theme follows, that at this point most people will only then seek professional help.
We've all found ourselves in this, or a similar position at some point. The thing is, that initial niggle was more than likely a warning sign. Your body's way of letting you know that there's something going on beneath the surface that needs addressing. Think of it as like the warning lights on the dashboard of your car - you wouldn't ignore them, so why's it any different when it comes to your body?
As a Soft Tissue Therapist, we see this so often in new clients. It is only when we begin to unravel the issue by looking at history and lifestyle factors (like work, or exercise habits) that the cause of the problem becomes far more apparent. It's very rarely a case of a back 'just going' - more an accumulation of neglect and over-use across a significant period of time.
Although I am a firm believer of the saying 'better late, than never', it is far more beneficial to treat your body like the vehicle it is, and deserves to be treated as; regular preventative soft tissue therapy, good stretch habits & all-round lifestyle choices.
Regular Treatment VS One Off Treatment
- Prevents flare-ups, by improving the overall health & condition of the body
- Allows for a greater understanding of your body and its' workings
- Enhances performance by accelerating recovery post-training
- Addresses any minor 'niggles' before they become full-blow flare-ups
- Works out more economical than waiting for your back 'to go'
- Guarantees ease of securing an appointment
- No guarantee an immediate appointment will be available with a reputable therapist
- Therapist has no prior history with your body, therefore the treatment process can take longer
- Takes longer for 'flare-ups' and injuries to be treated, as there are likely to be other issues that need addressing
- Can be more expensive > often more treatments are needed within a smaller time frame
When we look at it this way - it's a no-brainer.
Look after your body, and it will look after you.
Don't wait until your body breaks, to fix it.
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