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Sports injuries really are a pain in the neck; there is nothing worse than being desperate to train but being unable to due to an injury. For anyone who likes to exercise and uses working out as an outlet for stress and worry, being unable to be active due to an injury is a total and complete nightmare.
That’s why so many gym bunnies push themselves to get back to working out after an injury and end up doing more damage than good. It’s easy to think that you are fine to go back to working out, even when your doctor has advised you that you are not, but the fact is your doctor really does know best. If they have advised you to steer clear of the gym or running track for six weeks, they have done so with good reason.
Instead of focusing on getting back to working out as soon as possible, why not focus on your recuperation and recovery? Just think, the more time and effort you put into healing yourself after suffering an injury, and focus on getting yourself back in tip-top shape, the sooner you will be given the all-clear from your doctor.
So with that in mind, below are some tips and ideas for recuperating and revitalising yourself, both physically and mentally, after an injury.
There is a common misconception that doing more exercise than the doctor has suggested will help an injury to heal faster when actually that isn’t the case. If the doctor has said to only walk for 20 minutes a day, there is a reason why they have said this. Do more, and you may push yourself too far and make your injury worse, increasing the time it will take to heal. So, take things slowly, build up your exercise amount over time and never do more than the doctor recommends.
See a physiotherapist
Many doctors recommend that certain injuries can be helped by undergoing physiotherapy. If your doctor has mentioned that this might help your injury to heal more quickly, then it is definitely something that is worth looking into. Just make sure that wherever you opt to have your physiotherapy treatment performed, it is done by a qualified and experienced professional, such as the physiotherapists at Bodyworks, for instance. If you want to see results, it is vital that you only use a professionally skilled and trained physiotherapist, as a pose to an amateur one.
Feed yourself up
This doesn’t mean eat lots of cakes and crisps, it means feed yourself up with healthy, nutritious food. Studies have shown that when it comes to healing, eating healthy foods that are packed full of vitamins and minerals, is one of the best things that you can do. Because, without the right vitamins and minerals, your body would not have what it needs to heal.
It can be stressful waiting for an injury to heal, but the fact is that if you push yourself too hard too soon, you will only make it worse, and may end up with an injury that takes even longer to heal.
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