Recovery from an accident and you will feel like it is taking forever. Even though your body will go into override to heal the injury, and the medication will help fasten recover, there is one thing that can set your recovery off-track – psychological trauma. But, even with physical and psychological trauma, you can still fast-track your healing. Here is how:
Somehow, water is prescribed for everything that is wrong in your body. That happens because you need to hydrate your cells post physical and psychological trauma. As the tissues heal, a lot of water in the form of blood plasma is used up. For the healing process to proceed as fast, and within the optimal conditions, you have to hydrate.
- Physical Therapy
If you had major bone and muscle injuries, then you will need physical therapy. Just like massage therapy Toronto, you will start your physical therapy once you start recovering which is after your prescribed bed rest.
You shouldn’t take on physical therapy without a doctor’s recommendation. Even when you are feeling better, you should talk to your doctor who will assess your recovery process and recommend the best form of therapy.
- Limit movements
Most people think that moving around after an accident is what you need to recover fast but what your body needs is rest. If you feel the need to walk around, only do so as per your doctor’s advice. Moving too fast causes strain and further damage to muscles and even bones. Therefore, you should wait for your doctor’s advice before you start moving around.
- Eat nutritious foods
A body in recovery takes up a lot of nutrients. Therefore, for your recovery, you should keep track of your daily intake of food. A recovering body requires a substantial amount of vitamin A, C, and proteins.
You need vitamin C for tissue and bone regeneration and vitamin A for production of white blood cells needed for fast healing and for fighting off infections. You can get vitamin C from citrus fruits, bell peppers, and broccoli. For vitamin A, you require more spinach, sweet potatoes, and carrots.
These vitamins are also important because of their richness in antioxidants which rid the body of toxins and free radicals. You also need blueberries, ginger or turmeric to flush out toxins.
Proteins are necessary for tissue regeneration and healing especially if you suffered tissue or bone damage. Protein is also an important source of zinc which speeds up healing by strengthening the immune system resulting in prevention of infections.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also crucial for healing. Walnuts, flax seeds and salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation increasing the speed at which you heal. They also reduce pain to the extent that you may not need to take painkillers.
- Be optimistic
It is difficult for you not to worry when you are in recovery, especially when you are the breadwinner. However, stress slows down healing as high cortisol levels increase inflammation. Stress may also increase your blood’s pressure reducing your mind’s ability to allocate resources to the injured part of your body. Also, mental anxiety can alter your brain’s chemistry slowing down the healing process.
Instead of worrying, try breathing exercises for relaxation. You should also meditate and get enough sleep. If you can’t sleep, try aromatherapy or using white noise.
You should leave all legal matters to the lawyers, live a day at a time and listen to your doctors. Even if you don’t feel too much pain, you should always see a doctor – ‘it’s nothing’ may turn into something too big to handle!