Prevention is better than a cure: The home guide to preventing injuries

Modern medicine and healing techniques never cease to amaze. The plethora of methods to heal injuries and get you feeling like yourself again have changed and improved so many people’s lives. But this can never substitute the benefits to not getting injured at all. Physiotherapy and medical attention after an injury is not always straightforward. It costs money and often requires you to put a lot of time, effort and will-power into your recovery. Without doing so, it is likely to be less effective. This is why preventing injuries in your day-to-day life can go such a long way in keeping your body in tip-top condition. Here are our best tips for injury prevention at home.

Exercise

This may sound like a strange method of injury prevention considering how so many injuries needing treatment are sports-related. But, the key to using exercise as injury prevention lies in how you do it, which exercises you choose to do, and the frequency. The minimum amount of exercise recommended per week is 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, such as cycling or brisk walking, and strength exercises on 2 or more days that work all the major muscle groups. Staying healthy and physically strong means you are able to cope with minor accidents. To prevent injury when exercising, include a proper warm up and cool down. Incorporating work on flexibility helps reduce the likelihood of injuries in your daily life as muscles can withstand higher amounts of stress. This means you are less likely to experience muscles tears that need treatment.

Good posture

Your grandmother was right when she used to nag about the importance of good posture. Not only will you look younger, but you will feel healthier too. It takes the pain and unnecessary pressure off your joints, improves circulation, increases energy levels and allows your body to function more efficiently. Poor posture can create such a crooked body that surgery might become necessary. It leads to the development and underdevelopment of different muscles, increasing your risk of injury. This imbalance caused by poor posture can lead to a whole range of health issues such as back pain, carpal tunnel, poor digestion, and fatigue. It’s best to nip this problem in the bud as early as possible so you don’t develop the nasty side effects.

Good diet

To some, it might not be obvious but the risk of injury can increase in those with poor diets. The probability of falls, trips, and stumbles rises with obesity according to one study. The increased likelihood of falls, especially in children can lead to more face, tooth and musculoskeletal injuries. If you don’t eat enough nutritional food this also puts you at risk of injury as it leads to poor bone health. Eating properly gives your body the nutrition it needs to be able to recover quickly from minor injuries which otherwise may develop into more serious issues. It should not be overlooked as a preventative measure.

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