Faster Pain Relief
Faster Pain Relief
A new injury or condition is called “acute” and is managed very differently than if it were an ongoing problem. In fact, after a trauma, the inflammatory process takes 72 hours to reach it’s maximum intensity. So how you respond to an injury in the first 3 days can make a big difference in your recovery time.
:: Symptoms are your body’s way to communicate
Symptoms offer valuable feedback that can often motivate us to make important health affirming changes and should not be treated simply as a problem to eliminate. Ignoring the check engine light in your car for too long has predictable results, as does ignoring or masking pain in your body. Our experience in physical medicine and functional performance shows us that the site of the pain is rarely the source of the problem.
:: Tips to better manage acute pain
- Use ice to manage swelling. Be sure to put a towel between your skin and the ice to avoid being burned. Leave the ice on for 10 minutes for a smaller area such as the wrist or 20 minutes for a large area like the low back. Take the ice off if the area begins to feel numb. Repeat every 2 hours.
- Avoid using heat (even if it feels good) on areas that are swollen or if pain radiates down an arm or leg. Nerves get angry when heated! Don’t do it.
- Anti-inflammatory medication, natural remedies and certain anti- inflammatory foods help reduce the inflammatory process. Don’t delay, begin immediately. Visit these pages for a list of natural anti-inflammatory remedies and anti-inflammatory foods.
- Topical aids like arnica and sombra (available at our Shop) really help make you more comfortable.
- Avoid taking pain killers and muscle relaxants AND continuing your daily activities as usual. Pushing through when in acute pain can cause more harm.
- Bed rest for more than 3 days has been shown to cause de-conditioning and worsen the problem! Staying semi-active is best.
- Alternating periods of rest, ice and gentle movement is advised.
- How you manage your thoughts and fears about being in pain is as important as what you do physically. Avoid “what if” thinking and anger, both are unproductive. Reassure yourself that you will heal if you give yourself the time and attention needed and then relax and allow the process to happen. Use this down time to do things you ordinarily would not have time to do (including simply getting some rest) instead of thinking about everything you can’t do and getting upset about it.
- If you are not sure what to do, make an appointment, call or email us. How you manage your pain in the first 3 days makes a big difference in how much and how long you will be in pain.
:: The source of pain is rarely seen on x-ray
In fact, most traditional tests are designed to show structural problems like a tumor or fracture and often show false positives when it comes to identifying the true source of pain. Did you know that 40% of people who have NEVER had a back pain in their life show disc bulges and protrusions on MRI? It makes you question the validity of these tests in explaining why we have pain at all! Disc bulging and arthritic changes are both a normal sign of aging similar to gray hair and often not the reason for pain.
:: Why do you have pain ?
The reasons are many and it is often not a simple answer or single event that causes and perpetuates our pain. The way you hold tension in your body, your patterns of moving, breathing, lifting and managing stress all contribute. Your daily habits, your diet, your weight, the amount of sitting, stress and time demands all contribute to your level of health and the daily pain and discomfort that you may experience.
:: Contributing factors
At Wellness Springs we are experts in assessing all the factors that contribute to pain including past and present injuries, functional imbalance, faulty movement and posture. In addition, we have a keen awareness of the impact that stress, emotion, poor nutrition and lack of exercise have on a person’s health. Our treatment focuses on these key factors to address the underlying causes of a person’s poor health. We offer options that support a person’s ability to restore and maintain good health for a lifetime.
To schedule an appointment or for more information, call us at 845-928-2898.