Tuesday 5 March 2019

How Non-Athletes Can Still Benefit From Athletic Therapy

The “I’m not an athlete” explanation is still a barrier when it comes to members of the public seeing an Athletic Therapist for the first time.

The assumption is that Athletic Therapy will either be too intense or simply non-applicable to individuals who aren’t involved in sports or fitness. Allow us to help you understand why this isn’t true.

You May Not Lift Weights, But You Do Lift Boxes

I think that we can all agree that lifting is universal. Whether it’s boxes at work, furniture at home, or your newborn baby, lifting can be strenuous and be complicated by pain.

So while your Athletic Therapist isn’t going to try to convince you to start going to the gym to desdlift, if that’s not your jam, they will help to keep your back and hip muscles relaxed and pain-free and teach you proper technique to start picking up those heavier loads. (After all, your baby won’t wait for you before growing heavier.)

You Might Not Run Down A Track, But You Do Run After Your Kids

Like lifting, running tends to be a basic necessity of life. Running after your kids as they become more active, chasing after your dog, or simply sprinting for a bus; it’s good to know your body is up for the task for when the situations arise.

An Athletic Therapist can help you if you experience difficulties with your hips or knees that make running more of a challenge. Osteoarthritis, tendinosis, or other afflictions shouldn’t hold you back from these aspects of life.

You’re Not Reaching Up With A Racquet, But You Are Reaching For That Top Shelf

Athletes aren’t the only ones who work overhead. While you might not be hitting a badminton birdie or throwing a baseball, your shoulders still need to be healthy enough to reach for high objects, wash a window, or anything else at home or work involving working up high.

Your Athletic Therapist will help condition your shoulders to be strong with overhead and repetitive tasks. Learning proper use with your shoulders will also spare the smaller elbow and wrist joints from repetitive strain, allowing you to continue with your daily routine.

As you can see, all athletic movements are just higher-intensity versions of simpler activities involved in our daily lives. We don't expect to teach someone how to pitch a baseball or sprint down a track if they have no need. However, the same principles that we DO use with athletes for those purposes easily apply to each unique need of the non-athletic individual.


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