There is much you can do to help yourself, whether or not you are currently seeing a physiotherapist.
For most people, keeping mobile and active can help reduce pain and stiffness in joints and speed up recovery. Taking regular exercise is therefore important.You may need advice before starting a new exercise programme.
Maintaining good posture will help prevent aches and pains. Make sure your computer workstation and driving position are set up correctly for your height, and change positions regularly.
Keeping to a healthy weight for your height and build helps avoid placing excess pressure on your joints. This can prevent conditions such as osteoporosis developing, where the bones become thin, weak and susceptible to fracture.
Increase your muscle tone
Learn about your posture
Know your limitations
Maintain a healthy weight
Use the support available
Don’t ignore minor injuries
After a sprain, remember the rules of RICE and HARM:
Do: Rest, Ice (apply a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a teatowel to the area), Compression (for example, a tubigrip), Elevation
Avoid: Heat, Alcohol, Running (any exercise will exacerbate the swelling), Massage.
Know when to seek help
If you are in severe pain or have had a severe injury or blow to the head, go to the GP or visit your physiotherapist as soon as possible. Some conditions are best treated as soon as possible after the event. If you are using simple pain relief or prescribed medication, follow the instructions on the packet, or ask your GP or pharmacist for advice.
Maintain your overall health and well being
by eating a balanced diet, giving up smoking and drinking alcohol (if any) in moderation.
Stay positive !
Taking a positive attitude and trying to avoid stress will help you to manage any pain and be motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle as far as possible.