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What to do in the first few days after an injury

Following an injury don't do anything that reproduces your pain for the initial two or three days. 

After that, you need to get it moving or other problems will develop.

Our physios can diagnose your problem and give you a clear indication of your best course of action.

Researchers have found that in most cases early physio intervention for acute soft tissue injuries is very beneficial  
Ice should be applied for the first two or three days following an injury such as ligament sprains, muscle tears or bruising.

Apply ice for 20 minutes every two to three hours for the first few days until the "heat" comes out of the injury.

Always place a cloth between the ice and your skin.
Avoid heat (and heat rubs) in the first 48 hours of injury. Heat will encourage bleeding at the site of the injury if used too early.

Apply heat with a heat pack for 20 minutes a few times a day to increase the blood flow and hasten your healing rate.

Heat will also help your muscles relax and ease your pain.

This brief guide is only for general information. If you are at all concerned about any aspect of your injury you should always seek medical advice. For free injury specific advice Contact us>>>
Physio plays an important role in managing arthritis and other chronic pain and can help you stay active and independent
Chronic pain is a symptom for which there is often little sympathy. Fortunately at Anatomie we understand how life restricting it can be and we will help you to understand what is happening to your joints and muscles and we will help you to manage the pain the effect on your life.

Physio is proven to help alleviate chronic pain
Arthritis Research UK states "most people with Arthritis would benefit from a programme of physiotherapy" and published guidelines recommend physiotherapy as an effective treatment for managing patients with arthritis and numerous studies suggest that hands-on physical therapy can lead to improvements in pain, joint function and movement.

To get you moving and keep you active we have a range of options, including:-
  • Manageable exercise programmes and ongoing support and advice
  • Massage can help the muscles relax and make joint movement more comfortable.
  • Acupuncture can stimulate the brain to produce endorphins.
  • Electrotherapy using techniques such as ultrasound
  • Manipulation if appropriate can help to improve the range of movement in your joints
Keeping as active as possible is very important especially when you have arthritis.
When you have persistent pain, it hurts to exercise but it can hurt a lot more if you don’t! It only takes one week in bed for muscles to begin wasting and joints to stiffen. A simple stretching and strengthening exercise programme can help with your movement and build fitness which in turn will help you to cope with persistent pain.

Exercise can increase your general fitness, stimulate your body’s own natural pain-relieving hormones (endorphins). help you to lose weight or keep to a healthy weight, improve your general mobility and make you feel more self-confident and help you stay independent long into your later
years.

The key message is keep moving
Find a form of exercise you enjoy so you do it regularly - if you’re new to exercise or need help or advice we can help and advise on any special equipment or training that you’ll need to get started.

Put your trust in the hands of the professionals… we have built a reputation for getting results and successfully treating people like you ............ Call us now
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