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When you’ve reached an age where aches and pains are becoming more and more common, it’s always good to have some minor equipment around for short-term issues. It can also be used when following a minor exercise program or to help you rest after a hard day of manual labour.

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Before getting into what you can include in your home Physiotherapy kit, it’s important to note that keeping a short-term problem at bay doesn’t mean it won’t return. Injuries always tend to wear down tissues and an exercise routine lowers the chances of these issues coming up again. Of course in some cases your physiotherapy kit can play an important role in long-term prevention as well.

Let’s talk about the five items to include in every home physiotherapy kit.

1. Ice Packs

Ice packs reduce swelling and bruising. You can buy them at your grocery store or in specialised sport shops. While cooling sprays are available, ice packs are effective on sore tissue in muscle since cooling sprays only superficially keep an area cool and the healing effect doesn’t last.

2. Heating pads and A535 Heat Lotion

Putting lotion into your skin massages the muscle fibres and encourages them to relax and loosen up. Heating pads can also loosen stiff and sore muscles to a point where they’re mobile again. Do not use heating pads or lotions on skin that is swelling or bruised. The blood vessel close to the skin where it’s sore dilates the blood underneath and makes the problem worse.

3. Bandages

While bandages are usually used for cuts, scrapes, and other types of wounds to make sure blood clots properly form, bandages are used to reduce any swelling and provide support to vulnerable joints. Make sure to always have different sizes in stock for many different types of methods of bandaging wounds or other affected areas.

4. Belts and Other Types of Supports

Belts and certain types of bandages give extra support and can give you an awareness of how you are able to move during an injury. They’re useful when you know a particular area may be vulnerable, because they give extra support to the area. Be aware that using a support isn’t a substitute for making the muscles surrounding a joint stronger. They should be used occasionally so the injured area can heal on its own.

5. Cervical Collars

This isn’t just for women. We’re not talking about the cervix. We’re talking about foam that’s fitted for the neck that helps heal injury related to the cervical spine. It limits movement to the spine preventing further injury. Cervical collars prevent any sudden movements in acute neck pain and reduce muscle spasms. Before getting a proper cervical collar, purchase a neck support that’s a size which can fit you properly. A physiotherapist would be your best source in order to determine the proper size. If acute neck pain is apparent, make sure you see a specialist or doctor especially if it’s the result of an accident or if there’s pain in your shoulder that goes down your arm.

Final Thoughts

While these assets in every home physiotherapy kit can deal with trauma to the body, proper simple exercising along with official physiotherapy done by specialists brings more long term relief and results. No exercise causes muscles to tighten up which brings out pain and discomfort. Always consult with a doctor to get to the real reason for the issue. Activated Muscle Techniques can temporarily relieve you, get you moving better, but they may not necessarily make you pain free. Do what you can to strengthen your muscles around your joints and your core so you only have to use these items sparingly, therefore saving money and increasing your longevity.

Throughout all of this, stay healthy and be strong!

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