Why is recovery time so important for soft tissue injuries?

Time is precious in life and even more so when it relates to ones health. After all, my dear mother always instilled in me that “Good health is true Wealth” and I stand by this.

The clients whom I serve to become ‘pain free’ and balanced, in mind, body and soul, know that this is one of my daily mantras. So RECOVERY time after an event, and especially after an injury, is super important for the body systems to regain their ability to work in sync and efficiently one more.

Soft tissue injuries (STI’s) occur when muscles, tendons or ligaments are either overused or traumatised. On a daily basis I see many STI’s that are a result of a sudden unexpected movement, or one that is uncontrolled. For example, from stepping awkwardly off a curb and rolling over your ankle. Damage to soft tissue can also occur from excessive overuse of especially muscles and tendons. These structures can become chronically fatigued which leads to soft tissue damage. The most common STI’s are ankle sprain, back strain, calve strain, Tennis/Golfer elbow and hamstring strain.

Recovery time can vary, dependant on what grade of STI one has. This is why it is so important that you see a professional for them to ascertain if you have a grade 1, 2 or 3 soft tissue injury because the recovery time varies. For a grade 1 soft tissue injury, one to two weeks recovery time is needed. Grade 2 recovery time is approximately three to four weeks and a Grade three soft tissue injury requires immediate assessment and treatment. This one comes with much longer recovery times than both Grade one and two. It is important to mention that your age, general heath and occupation will affect the Recovery time, so the time scales mentioned will always vary. Please choose to always seek advice from a professional if you are not sure of the nature or extent of an injury, as RECOVERY is paramount to long term body health.

Whilst in recovery it is important to have a PRICE regime for a soft tissue injury. So one must consider the following whilst in recovery:

  • Protect
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compress
  • Elevate

For any further information on this blog, or on any injury you may, or advice you may need please do not hesitate to contact me personally at lynne@purplefreesia.co.uk

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