Physiotherapy is an exercise therapy that uses physical movement to increase flexibility and range of movement. Primarily, it’s designed to relieve symptoms, but over time, it can also get to the core of the problem, preventing whatever injury or illness that is causing pain from recurring. Regularly practising physiotherapy “homework” after an appointment with a Dorset physio should alleviate some of your symptoms in between visits, improving strength and flexibility and preventing and relieving pain. These are five very simple physio exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Exercises for Back Pain Back pain is one of the most common problems that people see their doctors with in the UK. Persistent back pain is often treated with a combination of painkillers and physiotherapy, and luckily, there are number of exercises that you can do at home to alleviate and prevent back pain.
Lie flat on your back on a yoga mat or anywhere comfortable yet supportive. Keep your legs straight. Slowly raise your left knee up close to your chest and hold for ten seconds. Hold for ten seconds, lower back down and repeat on the right leg. Stand straight. Bend gently to your left-hand side, sliding your left hand down your left leg. Slowly rise back up until you are standing straight. Repeat on the right leg. Exercises for Foot Pain Foot pain and stiffness is incredibly common, particularly in sportsmen and women. Footballers, runners and even walkers may experience foot pain from time to time, but there are some simple exercises that you can do to prevent the pain from recurring. Write digits or letters with your toes with your feet raised up in the air. Alternatively, try picking objects up with your toes. Raise yourself up onto your tiptoes and walk for around ten seconds on your toes, rather than on your feet. Exercise for Neck Pain Neck pain is unfortunately common, particularly in office workers and students who find themselves in one position for most of the day! Alleviate neck pain and improve flexibility with this exercise. Sit down in a chair with your back straight and feet flat on the floor. Your neck should be straight and staring at a fixed object in front of you. Slowly raise your head until you are staring at the ceiling, hold for five seconds, lower back down and repeat, but this time, lower your head until you are staring at the floor.