Natural Remedies to Help with Sports Injury Recovery – #wellbeingwednesday By Rachel Schwartzman
The other night I was playing tennis, ran for a deep long shot and rolled my ankle. Ouch. Game over. It took a few minutes for the pain to subside, and I slowly walked home. For Today’s Wellbeing Wednesday tip, I will share with you some first line natural remedies to help with sports injuries.
Ice: Inflammation and swelling occurs during the first 72 hours, so icing during this time is important to keep the inflammation down. It also forces you to sit down and slow down, even if just for a few minutes!
Arnica: The go-to homeopathic remedy at the first sign of injury is Arnica. This remedy works wonders at speeding the recovery time and decreasing inflammation and bruising. I take the pellets internally and apply a cream or gel externally to the injured area. For homeopathic remedies I use Seroyal or Boiron.
Curcumin: This supplement is derived from turmeric. It is not only a powerful anti-inflammatory but a potent antioxidant as well. You can add this spice to your diet by adding it to smoothies, soups, salad dressings, stews etc…. or take the supplement form several times per day. I’d suggest NFH or AOR.
Fish Oils: Due to their Prostaglandin 2 properties, another great anti-inflammatory is fish oils. They not only help to inhibit pain, but lubricate and repair joint spaces, which is important with an injury. This can be taken in a liquid form or capsules. You can consider Nutra-Sea or Genuine Health.
Greens Powder: Along with all these anti-inflammatory agents, you really want to nourish the joint space and body with dense nutrients. While I’m all for eating healthy everyday, when your body has increased demands, I find a powered greens drink 1-2 times per day of great benefit. I simply mix it with some water, give it a shake and down it goes! I use the Genuine Health Greens+ O Vanilla, it’s quite tasty!
Acupuncture and other Manuel Therapies: Acupuncture is amazing at bringing blood and energy flow to joint spaces and can really speed up recovery time. Search out for chiropractors, and/or osteopaths that work more intimately with joints and the surrounding tissue.
I hope you find these tips helpful. But most of all I hope you can be active and stay healthy this summer season.
RACHEL SCHWARTZMAN is a naturopathic doctor in the St. Clair West neighbourhood. She is the co-owner of West End Naturopathic Doulas, a naturopathic collective that supports pregnant women and partners with the birth of their babies. Westenddoulas.com