Our Massage Therapist, Nicky McClean, applying ice to an injury. The paper towel underneath the ice pack is to protect against ice burn.

Our Massage Therapist, Nicky McClean, applying ice to an injury. The paper towel underneath the ice pack is to protect against ice burn.

Usually when we injure ourselves we don’t need to go to hospital, we simply trust that with time and rest we will recover. However, when an injury affects your day-to-day life, like a sprained ankle or back pain, it can be frustrating to be laid up!

None of us like having to stop doing what we enjoy, but when injuries happen, it is important to listen to our bodies in order to heal. If the injury is sustained in training, it can also help you learn what you were doing wrong. Here are our tips for dealing with injuries.

  • As stated above – your first step should be rest. If you’ve sustained a running injury, rest for a few days. For minor injuries, this is sometimes enough.
  • Use the RICE procedure to speed up the healing process.
  • After 48 hours, you should feel enough improvement to resume training or normal life, but don’t throw yourself in immediately. Ease back into your routine – take the bus a little way, where you might usually walk all the way to work, or go on a shorter run. Use this time to check in with your body, to see if the injury has really healed.
  • Get advice from a professional – this is particularly important if it’s an injury you have sustained through exercise. If you have injured yourself while running, cycling or even working out at the gym, seeing a professional for treatment is important as they can then advise you on how to avoid injury in the future.
  • If you are still experiencing pain after 48hrs, or you are still aware of the injury when going about your daily life and exercise, you need to see a professional. You can see your GP for an NHS referral or you can call us on 020 8332 6184, email us at info@theforgeclinicrichmond.com or book online.

If you have recently sustained an injury, but aren’t sure what to do, please don’t hesitate to call us for advice. We can put you in touch with any of our team of practitioners who can give you guidance.