We often think about physiotherapy as a way to repair the body after an injury, but one of the best things you can do for your body is to see a physio prior to injury, when you’ve got a niggly, unexplained pain that just won’t go away.
Niggles include recurrent twinges, dull aches, slight but consistent pain after exercise, and sudden catches of pain with certain movements. These pains are mild so they are often ignored, but they are signals that something isn’t working as it should.
Prevention is better than cure
When it comes to your health, it’s better to do what you can while in reasonably good health to ward off needing lengthy treatment, time off work or medication.
When you have a niggly pain that just won’t go away, get it seen by one of our physiotherapists in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui or Papamoa and you’ll likely be back to full health quickly. If you wait for the niggles to get worse and turn into a full-blown injury, the road to health will be a lot longer.
Our physiotherapists will assess you and determine which sort of treatment would suit you best – it could be physio, massage, acupuncture, home exercise programs or stretches.
Stretches and exercise
Often, your physiotherapist can teach you some daily stretches and exercises to do at home that will right any wrongs. Our physiotherapy team at Body In Motion love nothing more than seeing hugely positive changes from a few simple stretches and our patients are often surprised at how quickly their niggles disappear.
Another common cause of niggles is improper form, which could happen while exercising or even while sitting at your desk. We can teach you techniques to improve your posture and your form while running, walking or playing sports. Once corrected, niggles often come right and not only do you feel better, but you’re exercising more efficiently.
Quality of life
Probably the most important reason of all to see a physio for niggles is to improve your quality of life. It saddens us to see people suffering through unnecessary aches and pains, sometimes for years, when it could have been nipped in the bud with a few physiotherapy appointments. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and a niggly shoulder, back, neck or knee can stop you from getting the most out of life.
See Body In Motion’s team of experienced physiotherapists at multiple clinics throughout Tauranga for any niggles – we will get you back on track!