Lessons in physiotherapy

What can physiotherapy teach us about our bodies? Physios Zoe and Stephanie Melanko tell us.

Studying physiotherapy provides you the opportunity to obtain a broad range of knowledge, skills and an understanding of the human body. Our knowledge of health has been invaluable not only to our work, but also to our own lives. Physiotherapy has taught us to look after our bodies and that many health-related issues can be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

We have also learnt that exercise can be tailored to suit anyone, from the 90-plus-year-olds lifting free weights, to the ultra-tuned athletes running marathons.

Physiotherapy for prevention

Our knowledge of health has taught us that prevention is the key for many health-related issues and injuries. We actively make time in our lives for exercise, preparing healthy foods and participating in our community.

In terms of keeping ourselves injury-free, as physiotherapists we understand the importance of doing a variety of exercises that address different areas of fitness. Ideally we aim for some form of cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training, including some lower impact exercise such as swimming or pilates.

Exercise recovery

Looking after yourself post-exercise is important for preventing injuries. Here are three key tips:

1. Stretch. Stretching the muscle groups you have worked during your recovery and cool down will decrease mild muscle tightness and discomfort over the next few days after exercise of high intensity. Muscle soreness is normal for about two days after a workout, however regular stretching or getting down to the beach for a cold swim afterwards can help.

2. Drink up. Always drink plenty of water before and after exercise to stay hydrated.

3. Snack smart. Following a hard workout, have a nutritious snack such as a banana soon after to replenish depleted energy stores so that you can continue to feel energised for the rest of the day.

 

Recommended reading - Issue Ten Summer 2014/15

Lifestyle

Almost everything you didn’t know about blood types

Are you A-positive person? Health humorist Nick Snelling explores the history of blood transfusions

Read more
Community

Nature photography tips

We chat to renowned photographer David Oliver about capturing nature on film

Read more
Community

The role of a GP

The driving force behind Australia’s health: why a regular General Practitioner is key

Read more
Recipes

Roasted capsicum and heirloom tomato salad recipe

The Australian Farmers’ Markets Association shares a simple summer salad

Read more
Lifestyle

Art for wellbeing

Exploring the link between creativity, wellbeing and enrichment

Read more
Community

The new inventors

Turning the spotlight onto the brains behind 2 Aussie products born from Melbournian culture

Read more
Community

Lifestyles of the retired and active

Be. magazine spoke to Medibank members Betty and Cyril about keeping fit in retirement village life

Read more
Lifestyle

Refreshing summer snack ideas

Keep your cool this summer with deliciously light warm-weather snacks

Read more
Community

Keeping it raw

A culinary countdown with raw foodie and founder of Enmore’s Sadhana Kitchen

Read more
Experts

How to prevent eye injuries

Keep those eyes safe during sport. The Vision Eye Institute shares some expert advice

Read more
Experts

Is that a meal or a snack?

How the old-fashioned, humble approach to morning or arvo teatime has changed.

Read more
Experts

Diet for type 2 diabetes

How to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes

Read more

For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.