1. Use heat packs and warmth to aid your recovery.
There is evidence to support the use of heat for the management of pain and to aid recovery. Although ice can be useful in the treatment of injuries in the beginning, we would not recommend ice beyond the first few hours because it can interfere with the body being able to self heal. Instead we recommend the application of heat to the affected area after the application of relevant first aid. There are lots of different ways to achieve this i.e. hot water bottle and heat bag. For those more difficult areas such as the shoulder and mid back, we recommend using an adhesive heat patch such as Hotteeze or Flexeeze
2. Apply a topical liniment.
Topical liniments such as deep heat, tiger balm, po sum on oil and our own in house special liniment should be applied every 3-4 hours to the affected area. This will help not only with the pain but can also help the healing process. The three main ingredients typically found in most liniments are Menthol, Camphor and Wintergreen oil. Both the Menthol and Camphor can help reduce muscular pain, with menthol providing a cooling sensation and camphor a warming sensation . Wintergreen oil is often included for its local anti-inflammatory action.Remember to wash your hands thoroughly after applying liniments.
3. Rest the affected area
Resting the affected limb or area can be a very useful strategy to ensure the affected area is not re injured and to give it time to repair. Gentle stretches and exercises such as those given by your treating health professional can often be useful to help strengthen and maintain movement. Continuing with activities that aggravate the condition is likely to slow down your recovery.
The advice above is general and readers are encouraged to check with their treating health practitioners to see if it is appropriate for them.
Based in Melbourne, the Coburg Acupuncture clinic is located in the heart of Coburg on Sydney Rd and provides Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage and cupping services. The Coburg Clinic services people from Coburg and surrounding Northern suburbs such as Brunswick, Pascoe Vale, Preston, Fawkner, Thornbury, Northcote.
To book an appointment or see if acupuncture is right for you call (03) 9041 6569.