Inuries can be a real point of frustation. For a Portland Chiropractor, its common to see injured patients be reminded of how fragile their bodies can be, and just how much they take it for granted. It can force us to do a 180 from focusing on our external lives to our health when we get injured.
So how do rice and pineapples 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 redness, pain, swelling, and heat at the affected site.
So how do pineapples and rice come in to the picture? Let’s start with rice. RICE is an acronym that reminds us of what to do to speed recovery.
R is for rest. We want to rest the affected area. If it is a shoulder, then lay down or get the arm into a sling to take the weight off of the shoulder. If it is an ankle, then sit down or lay down.
I is for ice. Icing involves putting something frozen such as a bag of frozen peas, or actual ice, onto the injured area. Make sure there is at least one layer of fabric, like a thin towel or old t-shirt 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 60 minutes off from icing. 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, strain, or sprain.
E is for elevation. By elevating the affected area above the level of the heart, you will decrease blood pressure at the injury. This is beneficial because it lessens swelling, and lessens the pain that is caused by swelling.
One of the goals of RICE is to decrease the consequences of swelling. This matters because the more swelling we have, the longer it generally takes 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 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. When we take this supplement, it lowers inflammation, helps the body clear away injured tissue, and speeds up the healing process.
It is important to discuss whether or not you should see a doctor for your injury. Usually the answer is a strong “Yes”! Your best bet for dealing with injuries are Chiropractors, since they are highly skilled in the kind of physical medicine needed to prevent loss of function after your injury heals.
These post-injury losses of function include lessened ability to use the joint, extra scar tissue that prevents proper muscle and ligament function, and a decreased ability to coordinate the movements of the previously injured area. So do yourself a favor, and visit your Portland Chiropractor as soon as possible after your injury.