Many people don’t realise just how prone to injury we all are. Many everyday things leave us vulnerable to months of pain. Whiplash from a car accident or a sprain from jogging are common injuries that can have a lasting impact. And when we’re in pain, we feel like we can’t perform our usual tasks. It disrupts our lives.
The most important thing to do when you have pain is to acknowledge it’s there. Your body hurts for a reason. Ignoring it and carrying on can do more harm. Guarding, or adjusting your gait to continue will alter your posture. This, in turn, can leave you vulnerable to additional injuries and strains.
Denver Pain and Performance Solutions, a Lone Tree, Colorado-based Rehabilitative and Massage Therapy Company, believes the body only functions as a whole. It’s important to find the right treatment to resolve all the issues as soon as possible. In the meantime, there are several things you can do to help yourself.
Painkillers are rarely a good idea in the long term. But paracetamol or ibuprofen are both good to help take the edge off a pain that is bothersome. All drugs will have unwanted side effects, and they are not suitable for everyone. It’s important to consult your doctor if you think you need more pain relief.
On a simpler level, water and breathing can be used to relieve pain. Drinking water helps to hydrate the body. Controlled breathing can be used to help focus the mind. Both will help the body in its activities to heal the problem area. Many women get through childbirth with just these two things after all!
Meditation is another way to help you distract yourself from the pain signals. Some visualisations are thought to help speed up healing as well. Stretching and gentle movements help to keep the affected area mobile. This can help avoid debilitating stiffness as the healing process commences. Heat and cold are also used to help bring relief to pain. The choice is often down to preference, but cold is better for swollen areas.
If your body is busy healing, it’s important you are providing it all the right nutrients to get on with the job. A healthy diet packed with fresh vegetables and fruit is ideal. Sleep is also essential as much of the body’s regenerative processes only occur when we sleep deeply. While rest is a good idea, it is still important to exercise gently as well.
Injuries often occur just as we’re getting into a new exercise program, or about to embark on a new physical activity. This isn’t necessarily just down to coincidence or bad luck. It is very important to warm the body up thoroughly when starting to move it more vigorously. This can avoid lots of strains. Simply stretching before you start could be the best way to prevent injury.
Getting back on track after an injury will take time and patience. Seeking the right treatment and therapy can help aid healing and ensure the injury won’t be troublesome in the future. Start as you mean to go on with careful preparation before exercising.