Top 5 Tips on Sports Injury Recovery
What is considered as a Sport Injury?
There are a few things that fall under the sport injury classification, but they include:
- A physical accident
- A fall or heavy blow
- Not stretching properly before exercising
- Using gym equipment that is inappropriate – like too heavy weights
- Applying the incorrect technique when exercising – like twisting and moving in an awkward way
- Pushing yourself above your comfortable limits.
Sports Injury recovery can be a long journey depending on a lot of factors including your body’s ability to heal naturally and also your nutrition. But there are some easy steps you can take to help you ease the pain and get back to your regular sporty life, as quickly as possible.
TIP 1. ICE PACK
For the first 48 hours when a sports injury occurs, apply an ice pack directly to the injured part of your body – but make sure you have a towel or cloth between the ice pack and your skin, to make sure you don’t “freeze-burn” yourself. Do this every 2-3 hours initially as this helps to reduce swelling and keep the pain at bay. Make sure you take painkillers as this helps to speed up your recovery. Take an anti-inflammatory if you can or if not, take a standard painkiller like paracetamol every 4 hours, and definitely make sure you’re dosed up before attempting to sleep!
TIP 2. HEAT PACK (Do not apply when you are still in pain/ swelling)
If you are coping with muscle pain or soreness, apply a heat pack for at least 15 minutes at any time. The benefit of a heat pack is that it helps to calm down any muscular tension or “knots” which means your body relaxes easier and reduces the exacerbated pain. Many massage therapists also suggest that an hours relaxation session in the bath or at the sauna, could help with severe or widespread pain.
TIP 3. MoveIt Cream
Our specialist Moveit cream is designed to combat all sorts of joint pain including arthritis, and connective tissue issues. With Arnica being its key ingredient – a natural plant that helps with inflammation and bruising – the Moveit cream is powerful enough to help alleviate the stress caused to the muscles, tendons & nerves, by helping to calm & ease the inflammation and any release any muscle spasms.
TIP 4. Powerhealth Comfrey, Arnica and Witch Hazel Balm
This balm contains Comfrey, Arnica and Witch Hazel for their combined stimulating astringent and soothing properties. It is an ideal aftercare balm for people pursuing sports activities as it aids with the healing of bruising and sore muscles.
TIP 5. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an incredibly powerful vitamin that helps boost your immune system and in turn helps with recovery. It helps your body to make collagen, which is a key component to maintain the integrity of your bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. Vitamin C is also powerful against wound healing and energy so make sure you get your recommended daily dose of Vitamin C and if you’re not sure, supplement. FUN FACT: Your body cannot store Vitamin C and so you can’t “overdose” on it….so if you supplement your Vitamin C (and believe us the nutrients in normal food mean that you won’t be able to get all your nutrients through your food) and your body needs it, it will absorb it, if not, it will flush it out through your normal digestion system!
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