Maximize Your Recovery

I am constantly hearing people talk about their injuries and how long they will be unable to perform certain movements according to their health care providers be it their doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor, etc. You seem to accept these prognoses like there is nothing you can do about it and yet when you are presented with other options that might help them heal faster and return to whatever activity it is you are missing out on, you are resistant or worse yet, you don’t even bother to look for other options because whatever the doctor tells you has to be right, right?

Is it that you don’t believe faster healing is possible? Are you resistant to the idea that anything other than what your health care provider told you is true? Or do you just want a two week or six month break from whatever activity “caused” the injury?

I see people who injured themselves more than a month ago and are still not able to reach full range of motion or perform many activities they would like to be doing because they’ve been told to rest the injury and not move it too much so it can heal.

I’m going to call bullshit on this line of thinking. Movement is key to healing. With the exception of a broken bone, keeping a body part immobilized for extended periods of time only results in more restriction of the soft tissue, more atrophy of the surrounding muscles and decreased circulation to the area, none of which will help heal the injury. Immobility will only make it harder to heal more quickly.

Another factor that affects the speed of healing is finding and treating the restrictions in other areas of the body that helped to contribute to the injury. And there are ALWAYS other areas that contribute. Most people (therapists included) will treat the injured area directly and only after the acute phase is passed.

It is more beneficial to treat an injury in the acute phase with the proper modality. JFB-MFR encourages treatment of most acute injuries to help the body heal faster and more effectively. It can also be very effective for improving or resolving chronic injuries as well. The body is designed to heal itself if we let it. The problem is that we tend to try to do too much to help it by doing the wrong things (ie: heat, ice, immobilization, over-use or improper use of medication).