One of the most common causes of any injury is overuse, and whether the injury is in the wrist, the knee, a foot, or a shoulder, chances are the injury occurred in the first place is because a person’s work or leisure life demands that part of the body be used. But when it results in injury and pain, it is important to properly rest an injury as part of the recovery process.
At the Chiropractic Doctors we understand you may be anxious to get back to your life as you know it, which is why we develop individualized treatment programs based on your individual needs to incorporate the right type and amount of exercise with essential rest periods and sleep to promote the healing process.
In order to recover from an injury, a lot of different things need to be considered, because recovery is ultimately about more than repairing a muscle. It is a multifaceted process involving restoring chemical and hormonal balances, as well as the nervous system and mental state. You will need to balance time sitting versus standing, stay hydrated, take in proper nutrition, and manage stress in order to assist in the recovery of hormonal, neurological, and structural systems.
Engaging in regular exercise is an important component of healthy living, but there are many ways that fitness experts advise making rest part of a workout as well as resting between workouts or sports regimens. This is done through both the individual workout cool down after a cardio session, resting completely for a few minutes between weight lifting sets, and by taking at least one day to rest muscles each week. When an injury is present, however, it may be necessary to use the muscle even less while it is in recovery. In addition, sleep is also an important part of maintaining wellness, and recovering from injury. Getting 7-9 hours each night will help the body recharge and put it in the best position to heal.
If you’ve been injured for any reason, from a car accident, from a sports related incident, at work, or just in conjunction with everyday life, having a qualified chiropractor to oversee your rest and recovery in addition to providing chiropractic treatments can make a big difference when you are trying to get your old life back, or are embarking on your next chapter.
At the Chiropractic Doctors in Grand Rapids, MI we extend our commitment to wellness to both existing patients and those that may be visiting our office for the first time.
Call our office to book your next appointment, and discover why The Chiropractic Doctors are consistently rated 5 stars by your neighbors!
This article was reviewed and approved by Dr. Matthew Phinney.