Overstretched or injured joint ligaments and muscle.
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.
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:
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- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
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- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- 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 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.
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- 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.
We recommend you consult a licensed practitioner to receive a treatment tailored to you. But here are some home remedies you might want to try:
- 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
We recommend you consult a licensed practitioner but 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.
Lavender, tea tree, peppermint and eucalyptus are all useful when mixed with a carrier oil and used as a massage
Useful homeopathic remedies are Arnica, Arnica cream, and Ruta grav.
Combine equal parts of the tinctures of horsetail, nettle, and willow bark and take one teaspoon of this mixture three times a day.
Juice Therapy: Drink plenty of fresh, organic vegetable juices, including beet, radish, and garlic.
Topical Treatment: Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) applied topically is often helpful.
Grade 1 sprains can be treated using supportive elastic bandages, tape, or therapeutic splinting to create immobilization, and elevation, followed by very mild exercise.
Grade 2 sprains need to be immobilized for at least three weeks, and require manual medicine and rehabilitation. Seek immediate medical attention.
Grade 3 sprains require casts and, in some cases, surgery. X rays are also usually necessary to rule out fractures. Seek immediate medical attention.
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.
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 sport injuries: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Biofeedback Training, Bodywork, Chiropractic, Craniosacral Therapy, Energy Medicine (Light Beam Generator, Ondamed), Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Neural Therapy, Osteopathy, Prolotherapy, Reflexology, and Rolfing. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
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@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.