I’ve been very inspired by the amazing O’Donovan brothers of Skibbereen and their fantastic Olympic achievement. But what of the rest of us, still striving to fulfil our goals?
Everyone who exercises gets the occasional injury.
The first and obvious port of call when this happens is RICE-that is rest, ice, compression and elevation for injuries involving painful swelling.
But in order to aid the healing process, why not consider the following remedies to help you get back in the saddle(boat/field/etc.) again in as quickly as possible?
Homeopathic remedies have no side effects and no contraindications if used as recommended and are safe for both young and old.
Generally speaking, it is best to take these remedies in low potencies (up to 30c), using the appropriate remedy every 15-30 mins for 5-6 doses, lengthening the time between doses as you see an improvement. If your symptoms change then switch remedy and stop the remedy when your symptoms are clearly improved. And it goes without saying that if in doubt, consult your doctor, (you can still use the remedies while waiting to be seen).
Arnica- one of the most commonly used remedies, the first remedy to be thought of following trauma. It helps with bruising, physical injury and also emotional shock. Arnica Cream is great when applied to bruises and sprains to promote healing.
Bryonia- for swollen, painful injuries. These are worse for movement and better for pressure and cold compresses.
Hypericum- Anytime your nerves have been crushed, take this remedy after initially taking Arnica for the shock of this pain. Hypericum is especially effective for shooting nerve pain.
Ledum- is very useful in treating a black eye or any other injury that feels cold to the touch and is relieved by cold applications. (Use Arnica initially and follow with Ledum).
Rhus tox- is great for ligaments/tendons around joints that feel very stiff, for strains and sprains. These injuries are better for continued movement (painful to start, then loosen up) Use it after Arnica.
Ruta-great for deep aching pain from bruises to the lining of the bones (like if you get a blow to your shinbone). Ruta injuries are worse in cold wet weather and from resting, but better with movement and warmth. Again use Ruta after Arnica.
Symphytum- very helpful in knitting broken bones, and can also help where the bone covering has been damaged, e.g. if you get a blow to your eye socket- again use Arnica first, then Symphytum.