Are you struggling with lingering pain after an injury? Recovering from a severe injury takes time. Here are some steps to take to help you get back in shape:
Take It Slow
If you’ve been off your feet for several months, you may feel discouraged. However, taking things too fast can prolong your injury. Take things slowly, and be patient with yourself. It’s never wise to keep pushing through the pain. Listen to your body and slow down when you feel you’re doing too much. Pain is often your body’s way of telling you to take it easy.
Start With Walking or Swimming
Walking is a great way to gradually begin activity after an injury. Walking is a natural and gentle form of movement that won’t put excess strain on your body. Once your body gets used to regular walks, you can increase your time or try another low-impact activity, like swimming. As you gradually add walking or swimming into your exercise plan, pay special attention to your balance. A strong core will help you avoid further injury.
Eat a Balanced Diet
The foods we eat are just as crucial for healing as the exercises we choose. As you’re slowly getting back into shape, include healthy food and plenty of water. Try to avoid alcohol and processed foods during the healing process. Eating healthy foods can help you heal more quickly and give you more energy for gentle exercise. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins in your nutrition plan.
Consult a Physical Therapist
After a serious injury, consulting a physical therapist can also help speed up the recovery process. Physical therapy can provide you with a specialized exercise plan that works for your recovery needs. A physical therapist can also monitor your progress and help you avoid further injury.
Do you need help with recovery after an injury? Contact Synergy Health Partners today for and appointment to get started on an individualized treatment plan.