When we get injured, the experience can be frustrating and very inconvenient. For a Portland Chiropractor, the injured patient is reminded of how fragile their body can be, and just how much they rely on it for simple everyday activities. It can really shift our perspective from our day-to-day duties to our health when we get hurt.
So how do pineapples and rice help us when we get injured? Regardless of the type of injury,It doesn’t matter what kind of injury we are talking about, whether a slip and fall at work , stubbing our toe during the night, ankle sprain, or whiplash from a recent car accident injury, our body will go through the same steps in an attempt to heal us. The signs of the body’s attempt are pain, redness, swelling, and heat at the affected site.
So how do pineapples and rice play a part? Let’s start with rice. RICE is an acronym that tells us what to do to lessen the formation of the signs mentioned in the last paragraph, and to speed along our healing .
R stands for rest. We want to rest the affected area. If it is an ankle, then sit down or lay down. If it is a shoulder, then lay down or get the arm into a sling to take the weight off of the shoulder.
I stands for ice. Icing involves putting something frozen such as a bag of frozen peas, or actual ice, onto the affected area. Make sure there is at least one layer of fabric, like an old t-shirt or thin towel is between the frozen object and our skin, or we can get a burn from the ice. Ice for 20 minutes or until numb, whichever comes sooner. Then take a 60 minute break with no ice. Repeat as many times as necessary to lessen pain and prevent swelling.
C is for compression. We aren’t talking about a tourniquet. The goal is to apply mild pressure. Compression is best applied to a bleeding wound. It may not be of much benefit to a bruise, spring, or strain.
E is for elevation. By elevating the affected area above the level of the heart, you will decrease blood pressure at the injury. This lessens swelling and decreases the pain that is caused by swelling.
One of the goals of RICE is to help prevent the consequences of swelling. The more swelling we have, the longer it will take to heal, the more pain and redness we’ll see, and the longer it will take to restore full mobility to the affected area.
So how about pineapples? I mention pineapples because there is a supplement that is made from the skins of pineapples that will also decrease swelling and pain, and speed recovery. It’s called bromelain, and can be found most any place that has a decent supplement selection. This supplement is beneficial when we’re injured because it lowers inflammation, helps the body clear away dead tissue, and speeds up the process of healing.
It is important to discuss whether or not you should see a doctor for your injury. Usually the answer is a resounding “Yes”! Your best bet for dealing with injuries are Chiropractors, because they specialize in the kind of physical medicine needed to prevent loss of function after your injury heals.
These post-injury function losses include decreased ability to use the joint, extra scar tissue preventing proper muscle and ligament function, and a lessened ability to coordinate the movements of the previously injured area. So do yourself a favor, and visit your Portland Chiropractor for your injury.
Suffering from whiplash or other injury? Do yourself a favor and visit your Portland Chiropractor at Vitality Health Center. Why visit your Portland Chiropractor? To get you on your feet and back to your life quickly.