How Do You Recover Properly?
If you’re alive in the modern era, never mind if you were born before or during it – you’re part of the modern race. Not race as in a class of beings, but a concerted effort to get ahead and stay ahead, or simply just to keep up and not get left behind. Keeping pace with the demands of modern life can be challenging, but people do what they can and try to find ways to help them retain a level of physical and mental toughness to endure all the challenges life can throw at them.
This can involve engaging in physical activity, to fire up the endorphins and keep the body’s systems humming and running well. However, whether it’s through exercise or simply taking a bad step on the curb and tripping, injuries can happen just as we’re finding a good rhythm.
How Fast Can You Recover?
The question, often, is not why you were injured, but how fast you can come back from it. You don’t have to be an athlete to know that many injuries are problematic mostly because even though we can come back from them, the damage to our momentum is already done. Are you going to be able to redesign your routine around your new needs, rebuild the integrity of the body part that got injured, and then reclaim your lost momentum? This can often be tricky depending on the person and the nature of the injury. However, there are of course some basics.
Fast Track Your Injury Recovery With These Steps
- Start with the right first aid and initial treatment, of course. Addressing the injury properly when it first comes up will work wonders in ensuring better recovery as you progress. The RICE treatment is often favored as an initial measure.
- Rest. Don’t work the injured body part if possible. If it’s not possible to entirely cut it out of your activity — it might be a commonly used joint you rely on to get around – then at least reduce its use. Don’t underestimate the value of rest: giving the body part time for its internal muscles and parts to knit themselves back together can reduce recovery time overall.
- Ice. Keeping the injured part on ice at certain intervals can help reduce the naturally-occurring response of inflammation to the point where it doesn’t get too painful or cause additional damage. Ice is a treat for injury recovery. Ice numbs the nerves and contracts injured capillaries, which is why the first three days of the injury should involve keeping the affected area on ice hourly (about 20 minutes each time).
- Compress. Compression is a great way to ensure good circulation, which lets the injured area stay clear of metabolic waste more efficiently. The elasticized bandages or sleeves will also provide an extra layer of protection against impact, but the main benefit is really the improved circulation. Compression has been shown in some studies to help prevent muscle soreness, which can come back to cause problems after the recovery is done.