In this blog post, we will look at some of the most common factors that can slow down your recovery from a musculoskeletal injury.
Doing too much or too little physical activity
Following an injury, physical activity helps the body to regain mobility, strength and endurance. However, it is vital to follow the correct rehabilitation guidelines in order to allow your body to recover safely. Too much movement in the early stage can increase pain, inflammation and worsen the injury, while too little physical activity can cause weakness and stiffness in your muscles and joints. A physiotherapist can guide you through a personalized rehabilitation program in order to find the sweet spot for your condition.
Ignoring the aggravating factors
Aggravating factors are activities that make your pain worse. It is important to recognize these factors so you can temporarily refrain from such activities. This will help to prevent episodes of flare ups and allow your body to heal better. Some examples of aggravating activities are bearing too much weight on an injured ankle, or carrying a heavy bag on a painful shoulder. Your pain level is usually a good indicator of whether an activity is too taxing, so always listen to your body and refrain from activities that exacerbate your pain.
Overlooking sleep, diet and stress level
Sleeping helps our body to heal. It has been shown in research that people who don't get sufficient quality sleep are at higher risk of injury. Fried and processed food increase inflammation in the body which is detrimental for recovery, and high stress level makes the nervous system more sensitive to pain. Optimizing all these aspects will have a positive effect on your recovery.
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