The “R” in R.I.C.E. – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist
Most patients come into the clinic because a) they have a problem and b) they are looking for a solution to said problem. Our GPP team is full of solutions, and we want to work with you to find the best one for you. Depending on the problem, the solution might include manual therapy, heat or ice, acupuncture, stretching, and/or exercise. However, sometimes the most effective solution is the dreaded R-word…REST. For most acute injuries (sprains, strains, aches and pains), some rest will be necessary to allow the body’s natural healing process to occur (see PT Lina Englund’s post on the stages of healing of an injury).
To anyone dedicated to their specific activity or sport, the idea of just resting can be daunting. However, rest does not necessarily mean inactivity. Some acute injuries may require you to keep weight off of the affected area, but there are usually several options to continue being active while resting an injury. The key is to give the injured tissues a break and a chance to heal, while still keeping yourself moving. Activities like swimming, weight-lifting, Pilates, or cycling can be modified to accommodate different types of injuries.
Keep in mind that rest is temporary- our goal is to get you back to what you love doing. Most injuries require a gradual return to pre-injury activity levels; the rest period is the very beginning of that process, and the other steps usually involve moving and exercise! Injuries which are not given adequate time to heal will often creep up on you a few months (or years) down the road. Giving your body the chance to properly recover from an injury can save you time, and many other aches and pains.
Written by Melina Mirzaei