When something like an accident happens it is really important to follow these steps to avoid long term effects from your injuries. And that means to be willing to seek the help you need, rather than think it will just get better.
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When you get in an accident and sustain serious injuries, you could be living with the effects for the rest of your life. In some cases, if your injuries are particularly bad, there isn’t anything that you can do about it and you just have to learn to adjust.
But more often than not, people end up with long term effects of injuries because they didn’t take the right steps during the healing process and ended up doing themselves permanent damage.
It’s important that when you get injured, you give yourself time to heal and don’t do anything that is going to make things worse for yourself.
Give Yourself Enough Time
The biggest mistake people make when recovering from an injury is thinking that when it stops hurting, you’re completely healthy again. They’ll then get back to their normal lives and start doing things that are putting too much strain on their bodies.
That’s when you end up making things worse. Your doctor will give you advice on how long you should rest up and even if you think that it seems like a long while, don’t try to resume normal activities too early.
After your initial treatment, you could go home and rest up until you’re better again. But your recovery will be a lot quicker and you’ll reduce the risk of any long term effects. If you’ve been in an accident that caused severe back pain, for example, find a good chiropractor who can take you through treatments that will make sure that you’re healing up properly and maintain your health throughout the process.
It’s also a good idea to have physiotherapy as well. If you’re trying to do exercises on your own at home to strengthen yourself up again, you might not be getting it right and you could end up doing more harm than good.
This will help you to restore full range of motion in the injured area so you can get back to normal eventually.
When your injuries have recovered properly and it’s time to start getting back into a normal routine, you need to start off slow. If you’re suddenly heavy lifting or picking up your exercise routine again, you risk hurting yourself again and the second time around, it’ll be worse and could lead to long lasting effects.
Start out with low impact exercise and activities that don’t put too much strain on your body and then build up slowly to your normal routine. Taking a short walk each day is a good way to get active without risking further injuries.
You can gradually increase the distance you’re walking before eventually graduating to a jog.
It’s important that you’re not just thinking about exercise when you’re trying to take it easy. There are plenty of everyday activities that can be just as strenuous as exercising.
Things like housework that you wouldn’t normally consider that active involve a lot of moving furniture, bending down, and reaching high places that can all take its toll on your body. Just be mindful of anything that you’re doing day to day and avoid anything that could cause further injuries.
And do try meditation to help your body oxygenate and get stronger. Do loads of breathe work.
When your body is repairing itself, it needs certain vitamins and nutrients to help it heal effectively. That’s why it’s extra important that you watch what you’re eating during this period.
And if you are having lots of inflammation, do drink ginger and turmeric tea. It will cut down on the swelling.
If you’ve got a muscle injury, you need a good amount of protein and potassium to help repair it. You can find potassium in fruits like bananas or blueberries and you can get your protein from meat, fish, eggs, and beans.
If you’ve got a wound of some kind, you also need protein to help heal it but you’ll need vitamin C, iron and zinc as well. The best sources of vitamin C are fruits, particularly oranges.
You can get iron and zinc with your protein from red meats so they’re the best thing to eat. Just remember that red meat isn’t particularly healthy so don’t overdo it. For a bone break, you need to increase your intake of calcium.
The most obvious source of calcium is milk so drinking a glass or two each day is always a good idea. But you can also find it in leafy vegetables and some fish, such as salmon.
And green leafy veggies add calcium and protein. You can be vegan and heal well also.
If you’re not eating a well rounded diet with all of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to repair itself, you won’t heal fully and your body won’t be strong enough to resist more injuries in future.
Manage Your Mental Health
Your physical health is obviously important during the recovery period but you need to remember to keep on top of your mental health as well. If your injury puts you out of work, it’s easy to fall into a bit of a rut.
You might feel as though you’re not as valuable as you once were because you can’t do all of the things that you usually do but that’s a dangerous thought process that can easily lead to a spiral of low feelings.
Just because you can’t go to work or carry on doing all of the stuff that you normally do, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have value. If you’re worried about not working, get in touch with your boss and see if there is anything you can do from home.
This is truly great advice. It is so important to know that you are not what you do , but who you are. So not doing the work you used to do, might feel like a bit of hole in our day, but it has nothing to do with who are you.
Or spend your time getting involved in some new hobbies. Whatever you decide to do, it’s important that you find some way to occupy your time and don’t just end up sitting around watching TV all day and getting yourself into a rut.
Making sure that you eat well is a big part of looking after your mental wellbeing as well so always eat plenty of fresh fruit and veg and try to avoid sugar where possible.
When you get into an accident and sustain a serious injury, you’re always at risk of causing yourself lifelong damage if you don’t allow yourself to recover properly.
Give yourself enough time and make sure you’re always taking the advice of your doctors. Eating the right foods to encourage proper recovery is important as well. If you follow these steps, you can avoid any long term effects and make a full recovery.
Following these steps to avoid long term effects from injuries can truly make a difference in your health and life. Eat the right foods, exercise gently, get the rest you need and give yourself plenty of time to heal.
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