By: Rob Rossi, Active Care Specialist, February 2015
As I travel further along my personal road to recovery, I’d like to share a few additional strategies I use to aid in the journey of healing. It is my hope to be able to provide some practical, easy-to-use suggestions that will be helpful to others as they too “mend back to better health”.
Dealing with injuries is very common with athletes. What separates the elite from the average? It is the way they deal with the injury.
This example is to get a different perspective, but applies to the average sedentary person as we choose our psychological approach. The worst thing to do is sit around waiting for the injury to heal on its own. A strong mind can overcome and achieve anything, but we must truly believe.
Goal setting is very important for positive effects. The goals should not be vague but clear and measurable as we need the feedback.
Refer to the SMART goal system for a greater outcome, which I talked about at the end of my previous Road to Recovery blog post.
Research the specific injury to better understand and get a realistic idea of recovery time. Then you can use that as a reference guide to set goals and targets.
If you do play a sport or have specific hobbies that you cannot perform in the meantime, practice and visualize in your mind. Studies have shown that visualization is a very effective tool during injury.
Mind and body are intrinsically linked; a link which is used in medication techniques. Take quiet and peaceful time to visualize using your mind to speed up healing.
Imagine that you are sending signals and nutrients to the specific area of the injury. Imagine it getting stronger and nourished with the cells becoming active to accelerate the healing.
Focus as if you have internal employees working for you in the form of cells, and you’re organizing the healing process to be more efficient at bringing nutrition and taking away waste.
Activating muscles is not always easy to do, depending on the muscle targeted. Practice slightly activating the muscle closest to the injury using your mind – without turning on other muscles.
This technique is done by activating the muscle without bending of any joint. It will improve the control of the signals running to the muscles, which will help decrease the amount of atrophy (loss of muscle mass) in the muscle.
5. Blood Flow
Remember that we have to keep what is in our blood stream in mind.
What lies in the blood will directly affect the injury. If the blood has high contents of sugar or alcohol, it will increase the amount of inflammation. Proteins will help to heal damaged cells, good omega fats will help reduce inflammation, and plenty of water will keep the muscles and joints hydrated for smoother movement.
So, as the journey of healing continues, do your best to keep a positive mindset and motivated. Track your progress and enlist in the ongoing support of friends, family and trusted health professionals.
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