Exercise and Strength Prescription

Exercise and Strength Prescription is vital if you are an athlete, recreational runner or even a competitive sports enthusiast and have been injured. And you are looking to get back to where you were before, and more importantly getting you back to your healthiest.

 

We are extremely passionate about having long lasting health for your body and mind, and enabling you to feel in control of your health is crucial. As mentioned on our Mental Health page, maintaining your exercise programme is paramount to living your best life. 

It has been found to reduce cortisol (stress hormone, insulin resistance and glucose levels in diabetes) and many more positive effects. 

Emerging research has found short bursts of high intensity interval training has been found to limit the growth and spread of disease. This is why it’s so important to get you back to your sport or activity as fast as possible! 

One lesser-known benefit of exercise and strength conditioning is the positive effect it has on your immune system.

Initially, the demands strength and conditioning training make on the body will cause a temporary drop in immune function (Hormesis), as it does for all of the body’s systems. But the very good news is, the immune system will then rebuild itself and become much stronger and more effective, as will the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. 

However, that being said, exercise performed in a chronic way (overload) actually increases the amount of inflammation in the body which then negatively affects tissue repair and regeneration, so don’t over do it!

 The result? Our patients who combine healthy nutrition with regular, time and effort controlled exercise often report improved health and fewer injury recurrence. Then, on the occasion when they do get struck by illness, they tend to recover at a much faster rate than people who don’t train on a regular basis. This is something we’re passionate about at Footfocus Podiatry, and we know the massive impact exercise therapy has on tissue repair and complete health. It’s the why of what we do. 

We use exercise prescription to treat the causes of your injury. We will guide and educate you on how it happened and what you can do about it. We will also sometimes restrict the level and intensity of your activity as this can either make the problem worse or cause other injuries such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints and several more.

Strength and conditioning is a key component when it comes to rehabilitation from injury. Surgical intervention or just the immobilisation of an arm or leg, for example, causes muscles to weaken and lose mass (atrophy) within days.

During recovery, building and strengthening, the structures of ligaments, tendons and muscles, for example, which were previously damaged, help to support and take the load and pressure off the joint itself. This in turn will reduce pain and discomfort while helping to get the affected area back to full function.

Sports podiatry and rehabilitation lie at the heart of what we do. If you are recovering from surgery, an injury or simply dealing with everyday aches affecting your quality of life, we can help.