Taking Advantage of an Injury Time Out
Physical injuries can be more than just physical pain. Injuries are more than often just as psychological and they are physical. Whether you have an important job to do or play a professional sport, physical injuries are frustrating at the best of times. You can’t perform to your best of your ability and you may feel like your letting your team or co-workers down because you cannot contribute. But there are many ways to take advantage of an injury time out and put as much of a positive spin on it as possible so you can bounce back strong than you were before. Here are a few ways to do that.
Find Out Why You Got Injured
How did your injury occur? Was there something you could have done to prevent it from happening? What measures can you take next time so that it does not happen again? These questions can be a negative or positive thing.
Taking a positive outlook on these questions will help you accept your injury for what it is, deal with it, treat it, and get back stronger. Feeling down on yourself will play psychological games with you like, “you were clumsy” or “weren’t paying attention”. Reality is, injuries happen all the time, you aren’t the first and won’t be the last. So accept it and move forward to a great treatment plan. Curastream provide great treatment plans online for those sprains and strains that can turn to a chronic ailment if not treated sooner than later.
Many times, when we are healthy, we find a routine a stick with it. Usually getting into a work, eat, sleep routine, maybe hit the gym once and a while. Reality is, injury throws that routine out of balance. This may open up opportunities that you hadn’t realized before. If you’re part of sports team, help other players through coaching or being involved on the moral support side. This way you can still help the team succeed even if you’re not on the field or court. At work, if your job is a physical one, help others with paperwork and while someone else is doing your physical work that you’re currently unable to perform. Bottom line, find other ways to contribute. Away from work or sport, look for other, non-physical, hobbies. Art, reading, theatre or other fine arts are a great way to get involved with other parts of your community and you might learn new things, make new friends and occupy yourself with things to do while you are treating your injury. You’ll culture yourself, get comfortable in new situations, and make new positive outlooks on life.
Understand the Treatment Process
Understanding how your treatment plan is working for you is a great way to educated yourself on the other side from your sport or job. Almost always, your injury occurred from something that happened at work or sport. If you can get
a handle on how your body operate during certain movements and then take that knowledge and apply it in a preventative manner, not only do you reduce your risk of injury next time, but you can help educate others before they get
injured as well. It’s also really cool to learn how the body is capable of withstanding so many things. You’ll gain a greater respect for yourself and your capabilities, which is a positive thing leading you to a more healthy mindset.
If you like “crushing” it at work or sport, then crush your treatment plan just as hard. Take physical therapy seriously and as a part of the whole life process. This will help you get excited to get better faster, learn new things in the process and achieve the maximum benefit from the treatment plan. A therapist loves nothing more than to see their patients pumped to get better, do their homework, and finish the plan with a successful outcome.
Making Your Return
This is the most critical phase of your entire injury process; self control. Many of you will want to just get back to it. Reality of it is, most treatment plans are designed to get you back to full range of movement and being pain free. This does not mean you can just go lift the weight you were before, get tackled, or lift heavy objects at work. You must understand that you still need to get strong. Unless you are a professional athlete with endless resources and healthcare professionals at your beck and call then you need to take it slow. Get a trainer like a Kinesiologist or Exercise Physiologist who understands mechanisms of injury and how to progress you through a proper strength training process. This process is what is going to prevent the injury from immediately recurring from rushing back to “normal”. Pain free does not mean strong. Curastream’s exercise therapy programs are a great way to transition your from injury to strong through the progressive phases of each program. Written back healthcare professionals, the programs walk you through the proper steps all the way through the strength phase so that you can return to work or sport happy, healthy, and with an injury preventative mindset.