Get Back In the Game. What do I do after an injury?

support your body to get back in the game avivopur.com #Movementmatters #caregiving #backinthegameIt Doesn’t Always Hurt… At First.

Have you ever burned yourself, or even broken a bone, and noticed it didn’t hurt right away? Wonder why?

We’ll get to that, but first this reminder:

Movement matters more than you may realize. This is what exercise does for your body besides strengthen muscles:

  • Strengthens the connections between ligaments and tendons to your bones
  • Increases the amount of oxygen throughout your body and brain
  • Assists your digestive system and promotes elimination
  • Helps promote the production of hormones that make you feel happy
  • Moves/stimulates your lymphatic system, strengthening your immune system

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Unfortunately, as we all know, sometimes injury or illness can take us out of the game of staying active. When you feel like you can’t get moving, remember that any movement is better than no movement. As discussed in our post “Do You Know What Sitting Is Doing To Your Body?” there are major consequences from sitting for six hours a day. There are also simple ways to overcome those consequences, like standing when you talk on the phone, or setting an alarm to remind you to move.

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Excuses such as time and weather can be overcome with planning. Reasonable reasons for not exercising are injury, or illness. But when those happens, we can help!

Injury

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Injury is tough to exercise through. How can you go for a hike if your knee or hip hurts? Plus, exercising through an injury may cause more damage long term. What’s most important is to address the injury quickly so that you can heal and get back in the game of life.

When you burn yourself, break a bone or otherwise injure yourself the pain may not develop right away. When I sprained my wrist a few weeks ago it didn’t hurt until 24 hours later. Pain is not the first symptom of an injury. Often the inflammation and swelling caused by the injury puts pressure on the nerves and this sends the signal of pain to your brain.

On the flip side, pain often goes away before an injury is completely healed. There may be two reasons for this:

  1. The inflammation causing the pain has subsided, but the healing of an injured muscle or ligament may take much longer. Continuing care even after pain disappears can be key to preventing re-injury.
  2. The body becomes accustomed to the discomfort, essentially determines it is your new normal and stops sending pain signals. The injury is still there, however. If you later begin to treat the area after discomfort seems to be gone, the pain can actually come back temporarily as things are “stirred up” and started toward the proper state of health. This is a normal part of healing. After a chiropractic adjustment, or the start of magnetic therapy, some patients feel a temporary discomfort. If discomfort arises when using magnetic therapy, it is best if you let it work through the process, and at least alternate treatment on and off. See our guidelines on this for more information.

Here Are the Steps We Take When Injury Strikes:

  1. Apply a properly designed magnetic therapy product as soon as possible. When we have done this, even sprained ankles have not swollen up or bruised like they typically do without the healing effects of the magnetic energy.
  2. Apply ice and elevate, especially with an acute injury. Even nagging injuries such as plantar fasciitis benefit from regular icing. The injury causes inflammation and the ice along with the magnetic therapy help reduce that inflammation.
  3. Take supplements which can help reduce inflammation, such as turmeric or MSM.
  4. Sometimes things need to be put back where they belong. Find a good local chiropractor. Even after injuring my wrist in a fall and removing the pain with magnetic therapy, I still saw my chiropractor to adjust my wrist. After the adjustment I continued to wear my magnetic therapy wrist wrap for a few days even after all felt comfortable.


Keep Moving

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Did you know that sometimes what hurts is not the problem?  For example, women’s hips tend to be weak. Unless you do regular hip strengthening exercises, this weakness can translate into knees and ankles that twist or sprain more easily.The best way to keep moving is to protect yourself from injury in the first place by combining good information with the right preventative medicine.

Illness is another situation that causes many people to put a hold on exercise. See our post Illness & Injury–Break the Cycle for guidelines for when to rest, when to exercise, and how to get back in the game after illness.

Here are some key items we offer to help keep you moving, and get you back in the game, because #MovementMatters.

Magnetic Therapy for joints:

Nutritional support for joints and exercise:





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