We see lots of people and lots of different injuries here. Generally our clients take great care of themselves when injured. But there are a few things that many of our clients would like to have known that bit sooner!
Ice, ice, baby
Inflammation can be painful and sounds very threatening, but it is actually necessary for an injury to go through some inflammation to make it through to the next part of the healing process. Rest, ice, elevation (and compression) is a great way to limit inflammation and pain, but there must be breaks in between ice application. Frostbite is a very real injury that has been known to occur at around 20-40 minutes of constant ice application.
The wrong shoes
High heels, flip flops and flat shoes may be the worst shoes to wear whilst carrying an injury. High heels not only alter the alignment of the whole body (tipping everything out of shape from top to bottom), the challenge they pose to your balance is much higher when you are carrying an injury - and the last thing we would want is a nasty fall when you are already injured! Flip flops and flat shoes provide little to no support, which may not always cause problems, but when the body is trying to heal it can be a big factor.
The right shoes for you will depend on your circumstances, but as a general rule try to stick to:
Playing on until the end of the session is so very tempting and there may be pressure to continue. But in most cases this will aggravate injury further and cause more problems in the long run by taking a longer time to heal. It could result in a bigger build up of scar tissue - more scar tissue usually means less flexibility and lower tensile strength! You may also be more prone to re-injury later on.
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