There are three grades of sprains.
Grade 1 sprains are mild, without any ligament tears, and only mild tenderness and swelling of the affected area.
Grade 2 sprains involve partial tearing of the ligaments, accompanied by obvious swelling, bruising, and difficulty trying to use the joint normally, including bearing weight.
Grade 3 sprains involve a complete tear of the ligament, long with pronounced swelling, extreme bruising with hemorrhaging under the skin, joint instability, and inability to use the joint at all.
Muscle spasms can be a symptom of all grades of sprains, and pain due to sprains usually increases when attempts are made to move the involved joint.
Do Immediately: For all grades of sprains, apply alternate ice and moist heat to the affected area, alternating between ice and heat for 20 minutes each, starting and ending with ice. Also elevate and immobilize the joint. When the joint no longer hurts after use, and after all swelling, bruising, and spasm is gone, begin gentle mobilization exercises.
Eat an organic, whole foods diet with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
- 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.
- Avoid all sugars and simple, refined carbohydrates, as well as alcohol and coffee and other caffeine products
- Minimize your salt intake and use only pure sea salt, such as Real Salt. Try also Saltic Sea salt, Alaska Sea Salt, Cornish Sea Salt etc. Rotate the salts you use as they each contain different minerals.
Add Fresh Juices:
- Water melon juice made fresh – 1 to 3 6oz glasses a day
- Celery juice made fresh – 1 to 3 6oz glasses a day
Take proteolytic enzymes away from meal times on an empty stomach to reduce swelling. Also take vitamin C and bioflavonoids, along with calcium and magnesium if muscle spasm is involved. The amino acids arginine and glycine taken away from meals are also recommended to speed recovery.
- 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.
- Reiki healing is very powerful. It gives the sufferer the feeling that they have overcome the problem themselves and has therefore been found to be very empowering. Find a local practitioner here (link)
- Learn to love yourself and stop berating yourself. What you say to yourself is what you are or what you become. Watch mindfulness films such as What the Bleep Do We Know www.whatthebleep.com and You Can Heal Your Life www.youcanhealyourlifemovie.comand start using powerful positive affirmations such as “I take loving care of my body” and “I am ready to change” Say the phrase over and over again until you start to believe them. Never underestimate the power of your mind.
- Meditate and allow yourself to be still. This may be really difficult for you at first but stick with it building up your time slowly. Try guided meditations to help you to relax and let go of negative programming.
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
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
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)
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
judith hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.