Sports injuries are any type of injury that occurs while performing sports or during exercise. The most common injuries are soft tissue injuries such as strains, sprains, joint dislocations, fractures, and head injuries, all of which need to be seen by a licensed health practitioner.
The better your overall nutritional status and the overall shape your muscles are in, as well as adequate stretching and warm-up time, the less there is a likelihood that you will sustain sports injuries. Just as important is cool down time, which allows your muscles to slowly return to a neutral non-active state, helping circulation and removing acidic by-products that are caused during exercise and which can otherwise result in subsequent stiffness.
Caution: Joint dislocations, fractures, and head injuries all require immediate medical attention.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the program drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Waterwww.drinkrealwater.com/
Eat an organic, whole foods diet containing healthy complex carbohydrates and quality non-processed fats (no more than 20% to 25% of diet). Also emphasize fresh organic fruits and vegetable and sufficient amounts of protein foods, which are necessary for muscle repair.
Don`t eat solid foods immediately before strenuously exercising, and drink adequate fluids an hour or so before heavy exercising, even if you do not feel thirsty, since dehydration decreases performance capabilities.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
To help prevent sports injuries, supplement with vitamin B-complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium and free-from amino acids.
To recover from sports injuries, supplement with calcium, magnesiums, manganese, free-form amino acids, and proteolytic enzymes (taken away from meals).
For recover from fracture sustained while exercising, supplement with vitamin B-complex, vitamin B6, zinc, and essential fatty acids.
Other useful nutrients include selenium, the amino acids cysteine and glutathione, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), pycnogenol, dimethyl glyciene (DMG), SOD (superoxide dismutase), and germanium sesquoxide.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details herekevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
- . Find out more by clicking here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
- Boil some mustard oil, turmeric and add some garlic cloves to it (around 8-10) and keep boiling until you get the smell of garlic. Cool the mixture (but not much, the hotness should be cooled to the temperature until it’s bearable) and apply on the affected area and wrap with a cloth. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
- Take a big cloth and fill it with salt. Heat a pan and then turn off the stove. Apply the heat with the help of the salt filled cloth.
- Apply clove oil on the affected area and rub in the oil gently.
- Make an ayurvedic paste using turmeric, lime and salt. Apply on the affected parts.
- Chop an onion. Apply on the affected area and wrap with a cloth. This will ease pain and inflammation.
- Massage in some almond and ginger oil to provide relief.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
In TCM, Acupuncture and Shiatsu are useful because they stimulate circulation and reduce swelling and blood stagnation. After an injury our entire body tightens up. Shiatsu and Acupuncture can reverse this situation and reduce immediate pain quite dramatically.
The following herbs and formulas are often used: Zhui Feng Huo Xue Pian; Gou Pi Gao and Die Da Wan.
Everlast essential oil massaged into the affected areas can soothe soreness and speed recovery time.
Lavender, tea tree, peppermint and eucalyptus are all useful when mixed with a carrier oil and used as a massage
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Arnica taken orally and arnica ointment applied topically help to soothe and prevent inflammation of the muscles and surrounding tissues.
Ruta grav. Is also useful
Effective herbal remedies include valerian root (muscle relaxant and effective for cramps and spasm), lobelia extract (applied topically), passionflower (to support the nervous system), white willow bark (to reduce inflammation and ease pain), feverfew ( to reduce pain and inflammation), and turmeric and boswellia, both of which decrease inflammation.
For muscle and connective tissue injuries, comfrey root is both soothing and stimulates tissue repair. When used topically, comfrey root also soothes and stimulates repair of injured muscles and connective tissues.
Note: Comfrey should be used internally only under the supervision of a qualified health-care professional.
Combine equal parts of the tinctures of horsetail, nettle, and willow bark and take one teaspoon of this mixture three times a day.
Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically.
Juice Therapy: Drinking fresh, organic vegetable juices will supply your body with rich reserves of needed nutrients.
Yoga: The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong: Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Topical Treatment: Apply a topical solution of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) over the affected area.
Alternative Professional Care:
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating sports injuries: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Biofeedback Training, Bodywork, Chiropractic, Energy Medicine (Light Beam Generator, Ondamed), Enzyme Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Neural Therapy, Osteopathy, Oxygen Therapy, Oxygen Therapy (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy), Prolotherapy, Rolfing, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Yoga. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
How runners can combat sports injuries the natural way: www.naturalnews.com/028333_running_impact_injuries.html
The benefits of running barefoot: teamdoctors.org/
Ancient art of cupping can aid sprains: www.naturalnews.com/020253_cupping_alternative_therapies.html
Aromatherapy for muscle sprains: www.ehow.com/how_4454798_make-aromatherapy-oil-muscle-pain.html
Essential oils for sprains: www.ehow.com/how_2337490_use-essential-oils-sprains.html
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healingwww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong(from August 2012 newsletter)
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT (June 2012 newsletter)
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress (Oct 2012 newsletter)
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout (Oct 2012 newsletter)
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effectivewww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
How to recognise an ankle sprain: www.ehow.com/video_4990910_youve-sprained-ankle.html?cp=1&wa_vlsrc=continuous&pid=1&wa_vrid=1d1bdd34-a004-4af9-8dcc-add46c8f0f70
Causes of a sprained back: www.ehow.com/video_4398976_causes-sprained-back.html
Ankle sprain speedy recovery: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRpuAZeZALg
Acupuncture treats sports injuries: www.naturalnews.com/011954.html
Lack of Vitamin D linked to muscle injuries:www.naturalnews.com/033042_vitamin_D_Alzheimers_disease.html
Harvard researchers work on new healing gel: www.naturalnews.com/003337_sports_injuries_healing.html
Best treatments for sprained ankles: www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/143463.php
Ankle research focuses on teens: lowerextremityreview.com/article/ankle-sprain-research-focuses-on-teens
Further Information (links and books)
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Dr Robert Stoxen: http://teamdoctors.org/
Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – meditation, stress
judith hoad firstname.lastname@example.org – herbalist.
Kath May email@example.com – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika email@example.com – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.