Apparently suicide side shuffles and I didn’t agree this time around. It is amazing how quickly our lives can take a drastic turn. Luckily I only ended up with an avlusion fracture. This would mark the first true injury I have encountered where I didn’t really know what to expect, do and how quickly I would heal from. I have never broken anything and I was certain this was just a sprain at first because it didn’t hurt that bad. I waited six days before I actually got an x-ray. Why? Well I could walk on it and I figured with how I did things I could get the swelling down and I would be back to my HIIT workouts in a few days.
It didn’t really end of happening as I had planned. Once I got the swelling down it looked a little weird so I opted to get an x-ray. The radiologist did say it looked older than a six day injury and I had to say that I will attribute that to faster than average healing. It truly was only six days (not 2 weeks). On Day 2, I was in the pool swimming just using my upper body and core because I wasn’t going to let this stop me from getting my exercise fix. I just needed to find another way to exercise.
Now how did I get it to heal faster than average? I can’t say that I do one thing for anything. I will do several things so that I get results fast. I always believe in a combination of things and I whether it was one of the many things I do or the combination I am not always certain. I just know something worked.
Essential Oils was the first thing I used. Immediately! Haven’t been fond of icing and I questioned it. I did a little research on icing and I personally decided to only ice the first day. The oils I use are therapeutic grade and I have used them for many other things and have had great results.
On Day 6, I started using a North Pole Magnet. It was introduced to me by a friend and chiropractor Dr. Annalee Kitay. I started to see even more significant decrease in inflammation. Pretty cool!
“Medical research states that placing the north pole of a magnet on any living tissue attracts the positive electrolytes in the body, since electrolytes also have a magnetic charge. The most common and most plentiful are Hydrogen (H+ or the H+ of H20), Calcium (Ca++), Potassium (K+), Sodium (Na+), Magnesium (Mg++), Carbon (C+) and Iron (Fe++). Every red blood cell contains iron, as part of a molecule known as hemoglobin, and its function is to deliver oxygen into the cell and pick up waste. Placing the North Pole® on the skin/body will accelerate the body’s natural process of healing. We know that oxygen promotes natural healing and the hemoglobin serves as a garbage truck, removing waste, thus decreasing edema, inflammation and swelling. That decreases pain naturally.”
On Day 10, I started using the H-Wave Instrument.
“…the H-Wave device was specifically designed to improve circulation and enhance fluid shifts; thereby, addressing the inflammation that is so often the causative factor in pain and disabilities. By simply placing adhesive pads on the skin and connecting to the device, H-Wave can create very comfortable and strong muscle contractions. A 30 minute treatment will contract muscles and increase fluid shifts in the area, significantly addressing symptoms in the most rehabilitative way possible. The goal of H-Wave is never to mask symptoms, but rather to speed recovery and/or manage chronic symptoms with several treatments per day/week depending on the situation. Published research has shown that the specific technology of H-Wave represents a paradigm shift in electro-therapeutic treatment and produces the optimal non-fatiguing stimulation for fluid shifts.”
Although I am not totally healed, I started to flutter kick while swimming on Day 17. I am working on getting my range of motion and balance back in check. Amazing how decreased the range of motion is. I did feel a bit like Nemo yesterday with my “lucky fin” though.
I am still in the recovery process; however I wanted to share what I have personally used to decrease inflammation and heal. I am not by any means suggesting that this route is for everyone nor do I claim to diagnose, cure or treat any conditions! These are just modalities that I have found, incorporated and have seemed to assist me in my recovery.