Injured? How to Speed Healing - February 2020

Get back to enjoying your life!

By Jennifer Strong

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On any given day, over 27,000 people sprain an ankle. One in every 17 participants of sport and exercises are injured.  Many of us incur sprains, strains, injured knees, swollen muscles, fractures, shin splints, low back injuries and so forth while conducting our normal daily lives. 

            Never try to work through the pain of an injury. To prevent further damage, stop your activity when you feel pain. If your injury causes severe pain, swelling, or numbness, you can't put any weight on the area, it is an old injury that hurts, aches or is swollen, or the joint feels unstable, seek medical attention.  Natural medicine, including acupuncture, herbs, homeopathics, and low-intensity laser therapy have proven to be effective in treating injuries, speeding healing and your return to normal activities.          

            If you don't have any of the signs mentioned above, and if your pain or other symptoms don’t worsen, it may be safe to treat the injury at home.  Use the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) method during the first 48 hours to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and speed healing. 

            Foods and beverages consumed in the hours, days and weeks following an injury may influence how quickly you return to work, sports and other activities.

            Anti-inflammatory foods and beverages speed healing.  They include grapes, blueberries, strawberries, oranges, kiwis, peppers, olive oil, celery, ginger, garlic, turmeric, curry powder, eggplant, nuts, tuna, salmon, mackerel, black and green tea, red wine and beer (only when consumed in moderation with food and no more than two alcoholic drinks per day).   Quality water regulates body temperature, transports nutrients and oxygen, carries away waste, helps detoxify the kidneys and liver, dissolves vitamins and minerals and cushions the body from further injury.

Inflband-aid on a fingerammation-promoting foods deter healing.  They include sugary foods, white rice, white potatoes, white bread, over-processed cereals, foods cooked on high heat and foods containing omega-6 fats such as corn and soybean oils. High-protein diets boost inflammation, particularly when meat is grilled, broiled or fried.    

            Homeopathic medicines such as arnica and traumeel, are available in pills, cremes and gels.  They speed healing, particularly when taken immediately after the injury occurs, and for the following few weeks. 

            Stress can slow the body’s ability to heal, relaxation can improve it. Daily Epsom salts baths (2 cups/ bath) will help you to relax, increase circulation, and normalize the lactic acid balance, all of which will speed healing and reduce pain.

            Affirmations, subliminal messages and visualizations can help you program your subconscious mind and your body to speed your recovery. 

            Exercising the parts of your body which are not injured can increase your rate of recovery by improving circulation.

            Rehabilitative exercises gently move the injured area through its range of motion. Stretch daily. Later, weights may be used to build strength.  Don't return to an activity until you are sure you can stretch the injured area without pain, swelling, or stiffness.

            You must also take time to rest after an injury.  Your medical provider can guide you on the proper balance between rest and rehabilitation.

            Acupuncture* increases circulation and decreases inflammation, which speeds tissue repair.  Recent studies show that acupuncture improves healing rate of nerve tissue even in the spinal column.  Fractures heal more quickly using acupuncture, particularly with electro-stimulation of the pins. 

           Acupuncture and low-intensity laser therapy** are extremely effective used together for treatment of acute injuries.  Acupuncture ought not be used directly on an acute injury site, however, is very effective when points away from the injury are used, while laser can be safely applied directly to an acute injury site. 

            Low-intensity laser therapy successfully treats musculoskeletal injuries, chronic and degenerative conditions, and wounds. In essence, light energy is converted into biochemical energy, restoring normal cell morphology and function.  The body’s natural healing processes are enhanced as a result of tissue regeneration and cellular stimulation.

           Herbal salves designed to treat injuries increase circulation and speed tissue repair.  Lineaments can help to reduce pain.  Herbal medications, professionally prescribed by trained herbalists, are effective at reducing pain and speeding tissue repair.

            If you are injured, immediate and continued treatment with anti-inflammatory foods, homeopathics, relaxation, programming your subconscious mind, rehabilitative and general exercise, rest, salves, lineaments, herbal medication, acupuncture and low-intensity laser therapy will speed your healing process and get you back to enjoying your life!


*Best results are obtained by comprehensively trained acupuncturists licensed by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

** Meditech International Inc. carries on a significant research program exploring the potential of laser in the treatment of challenging medical conditions.

Jennifer  StrongJennifer 's Bio: Strong completed her graduate degree, Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, after earning her undergraduate degree at Mills University, an ivy-league school near San Francisco. She practiced at the Edmonton General Hospital for ten years, then six at Guthrie Medical Acupuncture Clinic in Comox, and is now delighted to help patients in the South Okanagan. Her new address is: Penticton Integrative HealthCare Medical Arts Building Suite 202, 626 Main Street Penticton, BC V2A 5C8 - Jennifer Strong Website - Email

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