Keep Calm and follow the Basics!
Do the same principles of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) still hold true? With all the new technology and research there must be some magic therapy that can heal all acute and chronic injuries. There are so many different new therapies that are on the market for practitioners. But one thing will never change and that is that the basics are the basics. We need to adhere to the basic principles of healing. So what are the basics and why do they still have the best results. This is a great question and one that we should all follow. RICE, the acronym for rest, ice, compression and elevation has four different components that can be done for practically free but are extremely affective. We should begin by giving a general understanding of how injuries occur to the human body.
RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation)
Wear and Tear
Our bodies are constantly breaking down due to wear and tear. We are aging from the moment we wake up to the time we go to sleep. Our entire body is constantly rebuilding itself. Then add to that work stress, sports activities, and home life. Every step we take we are putting load on our joints to support us, our organs to provide the oxygen to the tissues and our nervous system to manage all of these systems. Therefore, all of our bodies systems are susceptible to trauma. When our bodies are subjected to these stressors the result is inflammation to all parts of the body. When the arteries incur inflammation we develop atherosclerosis. When we have inflammation to the soft tissues we develop scar tissue. And finally, when we have chronic inflammation to the bones and discs we develop degenerative bone and disc disease.
What Is Chronic Pain
The number one indictor of inflammation is pain. People who suffer from chronic pain also suffer from constant underlying inflammation to their tissues or bones. X rays of a mid 40’s patient that has suffered from long standing chronic pain show vertebrae with jagged edges known as osteophytes, and decreased disc height. In radiology the most common patient to show with these radiographic changes are females over forty who are semi obese. The additional weight causes severe stress to the low back and degenerative changes begin to occur.
The healing process in our body can be excessive and cause diminishing returns. RICE is an amazing remedy to help heal acute or long-standing injuries. Resting is the first part of the healing process. By taking a break and not putting your body under further stress, your body will be able to focus on healing the injured area. Ice is an excellent natural analgesic to reduce pain. Ice has been known historically to reduce inflammation as well. But recently more research shows that ice should be limited for swelling and healing. Compression and elevation are the last two parts of the equation of RICE that help with swelling and inflammation. It should be noted that RICE is a powerful way to take a step back and rest.
During the healing process it is vital to take a break and allow the body to heal itself. Chiropractic care is extremely effective in working with the body’s own healing abilities. Chiropractic adjustments, Active Release Technique, Graston technique, Activator methods, and Cox Flexion technique to name a few are all powerful tools to restore motion, reduce inflammation, and reduce pain. Be smart and take a break from you injuries. Allow your body to heal itself. The circulatory system is designed to bring healing factors to the sight of injury and the lymphatic system to help remove all waste from the site. But with anything in life don’t over due anything. Along with RICE is it is important to a have moderate activity to allow the lymphatic system to function, collagen fibres to attach properly and circulatory to function.
RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation)
Chiropractic care in conjunction with RICE is an excellent adjunct for healing. After the healing process has taken place and all the RICE and chiropractic care from your preferred North Vancouver Chiropractor has taken place it may be time to focus on getting continued chiropractic treatments to restore alignment to the spine and increase range of motion to the affected joints. The rewards will be life changing. You will be able to engage in your favorite sport or activity again. Be calm and carry on as they say. Life is an amazing journey but do not forget to take a break.