Recovering From an Injury

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]By: Active Sports Therapy

There are no two ways around it. Injuries are hard! They can knock you off of your exercise and training routines, leave you side lined from your favourite sport, have you missing work, and experiencing down time from day to day life. At Active Sports Therapy we’re committed to helping you get back to doing the things you love as soon as possible, safely and effectively. With so many injury related services under one roof, we try to simplify the process of needing multiple practitioners to help with you with your injury.

In addition to seeing specialists that can help you get back to your game, we’ve also compiled a few tips to help you when recovering from an injury.

Nutrition

Recovering from an injury requires a person to pay special attention to what they’re putting in their bodies in terms of food, drink, and supplements.

You’ll want to learn about anti-inflamatory foods during recovery and ensure you’re getting enough of these foods. Things like avocado, olive oil, nuts, fish oil, pineapple and turmeric can all help your body lessen inflammation. Ditch the processed foods that are high in saturated fats, vegetable oils, and sugar.

Eat an adequate amount of protein from non-processed meats, legumes, eggs, or plant-based proteins. A rainbow of fruits and vegetables are important and don’t forget to include some healthy carbs as well, like oats or quinoa.

Talk to your practitioner about supplements if you’re interested as Vitamin C has many properties that can help with injuries because of its ability to help your body produce collagen. Omega 3 has been shown to help with inflammation and Zinc includes a component related to wound healing. Talk to your Doctor before launching into a new routine involving supplements.

Take Care of Your Mind as Well as Your Body

Injuries can be emotional events and depending on the situation or prognosis. A person can have various levels of emotional reactions to their injuries ranging from disappointment to PTSD and there are many things that can help with this.

Some athletes find it helpful to stay connected with their teammates by watching practices and still going to team meetings and outings.

Utilizing your support network of family and friends to help take you to appointments, help you when you’re feeling down, or to check in on you from time to time can be great emotionally supports.

If you are feeling depressed or overwhelmed by an injury, it can be helpful to seek professional counselling. If you are an athlete, a sport psychologist will be well versed in assisting with the impacts that an injury can have on ones’ mental health and provide a healthy tool kit to help you through it.

Follow the Plan

Going to your appointments as scheduled and taking your doctor or therapists advice in between appointments is essential. With any injury there is the in-clinic work which will consist of assessments, treatments, patient education, and assignments of homework. This homework is usually essential to help you recover and might consist of hot or cold treatments, stretches, strengthening, working on flexibility and more. Sometimes it can be easy to forget these steps so it’s essential to ensure you complete the homework tasks with diligence. To help you remember to do your homework you can add an alert in your phone, create a chart that you can check off, put a calendar entry into your work calendar, write a reminder on your bathroom mirror with dry-erase marker, or ask a friend or spouse to hold you accountable. If you’re a competitive individual, create a game or a reward system. Also, focusing on why you want to get better,(E.g. be ready in time for the playoffs, get back to work for incomes sake, coaching our child’s team, or regaining your independence), instead of the task at hand can be a real motivator. Ultimately, the success level of your recovery can differ based on your commitment to the at-home portion.

If you’re reading this article you’re likely dealing with an injury so we hope you’ll put these tips into practice and wish you the best of luck with your recovery!

*This blog is not intended to officially establish a physician-patient relationship, to replace the services of a trained physician, naturopathic doctor, physical therapist or chiropractor or otherwise to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Preventing Injuries When Shoveling Snow

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]One of the most common winter injuries that we see in our clinic is lower back injuries from snow removal. If you’re not careful, this snowy chore can lead to serious pain and injury. As a Canadian, shoveling is just part of life so take a minute to read our winter shoveling tips.

Think of Shoveling Snow the Same Way You Think of Any Other Exercise or Activity

Shoveling snow is exercise! Which is great…if you’re ready for it. If you’re not your best physically, you might find a session of shoveling to be overwhelming to your body and heart.

Lastly don’t be afraid to ask for help! Your family, your neighbour or a nearby friend. Everyone needs a little help sometimes and don’t be afraid to ask if you feel your body is not up to the challenge. You could also assign the task to someone else entirely!

If an injury does occur, our team is here to help you. Chiropractic care, Active Release Techniques, Physio Therapy, Massage Therapy, Laser Therapy, and Muscle Activation Techniques are all available at Active Sports Therapy in Calgary.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Active Release Techniques (ART) For Athletes

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]By: Active Sports Therapy

Athletes who are training hard at their sport often experience extremely demanding training schedules. Because of their high volume training, athletes can often experience overuse injuries in different areas of the body. After training, it’s normal to experience sore muscles, but when pain is consistently there even after the athlete’s typical rest and recovery period, it’s time to have an expert take a closer look.

An athlete may develop an Acute Condition, which means that there was a sudden injury that happened, such as a sprain or a strain. This can be associated with a traumatic event, such as falling off of your bike or being hit with a hockey puck.

A Chronic Injury is one that can result from overusing an area of the body, or from a long standing condition. Chronic injuries can be labeled as overuse injuries, arthritis, tendonitis or repetitive strain, just to name a few. Sometimes the symptoms of a chronic injury are mild enough to ignore, allowing the athlete to continue on with their sport. Over time, if not treated, these injuries can affect lifestyle, athletic performance, and have negative long term affects on your body.

When muscles are tight and rigid they can cause limited range of motion, pain and weakness, as well as negative compensation patterns as other muscles are forced to step up and do the job required by the injured muscles.

How ART Works

Active Release Techniqes or ART has proven to be very effective in treating athletic and movement related injuries. During an ART treatment, tension is applied to affected muscles, ligaments, and tendons. As the tension is applied, the practitioner or an assistant will then move the affected area and thus releasing tension and breaking up adhesions. This works to restore normal range of motion. This unique combination of direct pressure and specific guided movement patterns are the key to ART’s success in treating pain and injuries.

If you're an athlete, consult on of our chiropractors today. Each chiropractor at Active Sports Therapy is fully trained in Active Release Techniques. You may find that a nagging area of your body can be restored to it’s normal function in just a handful of treatments.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Is Your Check Engine Light On? How Muscle Activation Technique can Help

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]By: Sarah Kuindersma, MATm, PTS

Question: What would you do if your check engine light came on while you were driving?

a) Ignore it and keep driving

b) Stick some tape over the warning light

c) Unplug the wires top the bulb

d) Stop immediately and call a specialist

Question: What would you do if you felt pain while training?

a) Ignore it and keep training

b) Stick some tape or support bandages on it

c) Take pain killers

d) Stop immediately and call a specialist

Did you answer D for both questions? 

Even though we may view the check engine light or pain as an annoying and irritating inconvenience, we need to take them both seriously as they are indicating there is something that needs our attention before it turns into a more serious issue.

Whether it’s our car or our body, respecting the system and calling a specialist to assess and diagnose the system is a necessary step on the road to restoring it to optimal function.

Think of pain as your check engine light. It’s signaling to you that something is wrong in your system. It is not telling you what the exact problem is; the site of pain doesn't necessarily indicate where the problem is. The pain is just an indicator that there is a problem just like the check engine light on your car is indicating there's a problem with your engine that needs to be assessed ASAP before serious damage occurs.

MAT specialists can diagnose your muscular system to get to the root cause of the pain just like a mechanic runs a diagnostic check on your engine.

Stop guessing and start assessing.

The MAT Philosophy

MAT is a non-invasive technique designed to balance the muscular system of people of all ages. With an approach that can assess and correct muscular imbalances, joint instability, and limitations in range of motion, it uses a systematic approach to help muscles function with maximum efficiency.

Who Will Benefit

MAT is effective for anyone from an elite athlete to a patient who is recovering from an injury to those dealing with the effects of aging and arthritis. This technique has been successfully used in professional athlete settings, in personal training environments and of course in rehabilitation situations. MAT is great on it’s own, or as a compliment to other injury treatments you are seeking. Often patients find the MAT can help them reach the next level of recovery.

See for yourself by calling AST to book in for a free 15 minute meet and greet with Sarah Kuindersma, MAT Practitioner.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]