Learn the 7 best ways to treat exercise injuries
5. Oral Anti-Inflammatories – As I mentioned earlier, many pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories are tough on your stomach, and I rarely recommend them. But there are natural herbal remedies that can significantly assist with healing and inflammation, including proteolytic enzymes (you’ll find these in pineapple, papaya, meats, and nutritional supplements) and anti-inflammatory herbs, such as turmeric, garlic and ginger. Speaking of enzymes and herbs, you’d also be wise to decrease your total calorie intake if your injury has caused lower levels of activity.
6. Therapy – For some injuries, you may need to see a physical therapist or sports medicine physician. The specialist can use ultrasound, fancy machines that combine ice and compression, electrical stimulation and deep tissue massage to speed up healing. You may also find that some alternative remedies help as well. These include acupuncture, prolotherapy, or advanced muscle integration techniques. I’ve found success with such remedies, but only for certain injuries.
7. Manage Stress – Getting injured can stress you out, especially if you’re very serious about your fitness or the way your body looks. Remember that everything will heal if you give it time and use the tips in this article – but during the course of your injury, you should also use stress relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, and, of course, exercise to aid in your physical and mental recovery.
Finally, you should always listen to your physician. If you just got out of surgery and you’re in a full body cast, don’t rush to the treadmill quite yet. If you’ve had a serious injury, make sure you get clearance from your doctor before you resume normal activities. On the other hand, there’s no reason that something as simple as ankle sprain or tweaked shoulder needs to have you sidelined for weeks, as long as you manage it properly using the tips in this article.
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