With the sun shining and all the laughter on the beach volleyball court, no one wants to be bogged down by a sore joint or torn muscle.
Alternative to the traditional “RICE” advise (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) it has actually been shown that icing an injury just as it happens may slow down the healing process. The body reacts to an injured site with inflammatory responses, increased blood flow and swelling in an attempt to heal more quickly. As long as this process doesn’t get out of hand (an instance when ice is a good idea), we want to nurture this response.
Similar to the body’s natural reaction, treatments for injury such as prolotherapy aim at inducing an inflammatory response in the injured tissue in order to stimulate the body’s own natural healing response.
When an injury occurs, tendons (which attach muscle to bone) and ligaments (which attach bone to bone) often become stretched out and damaged. Since blood flow to these connective tissues isn’t robust, they often remain in a loosed or “lax” state. Whether you’re suffering from a chronic injury or nagging pain, a labral tear, meniscus tear or a serious knee injury, prolo can be done on all areas of the body and often within 3-8 sessions has significant positive outcomes. Most often we think that pain is a normal part of aging, but it doesn’t have to be. Chronic injures don’t have to add up. Other means of helping the injured site heal over time will be related to slow and steady strength training rather than blunt force trauma. Give your body time to heal, and be gentle with it in all that it does for you.