Whenever we suffer from a serious injury or severe pain, the first thing that strikes our mind is that we need rest. Over the years we have been conditioned to think that rest will solve all our problems, if we take complete rest, our body will get rid of all sorts of pains, fatigues and injuries. Which is true to a certain extent, but not completely.
Rest is very important, not like it isn’t. Pains and injuries heal when that particular injured part of the body doesn’t exert much. We require proper rest for the recovery to happen. But healing is not a linear process. Resting sure gives the problem and injury time to heal itself but one can only go back to being normal when you try to take it back to normal. Resting all day long isn’t its normal, for any body part, remaining completely at rest is not normal. This clearly tells us that a complete rest routine can’t single handedly heal your injury or pain.
What we need to understand is that, in order to heal our pain and injuries, we need a good and healthy combination of rest and mobility. Sure the initial period has to be mostly rest, but as and when you feel a little movement is possible, you should move, buy just a little bit. When your doctor advises you to do certain exercises that will help in healing, do them. Start with just performing them 4-5 times, slowly and slowly increase it over the days. These exercises are important so that the joint or limb or whichever body part that is injured, slowly comes back to its mobile stage.
Things to be kept in mind for having a healthy healing process:
- Movement should be comfortable
You need to know your limits. It’s important to know when to stop. Don’t exert so much that it starts hurting. Movement is essential but it’s essential to move in very small movements. If small movements also hurt consider moving passively. This means that don’t try to walk, instead, use your hand to gently move your feet. Movement is important, but only to the level that it doesn’t hurt.
- Scar tissue builds up in joints that are not moving.
Medical studies have shown that when one does not move, a scar tissue is created in your joints. This is why people report stiffness in their joints after long periods of immobility, such as bedrest or wearing a cast.
- Remind your injured body part of its regular function.
If there is no movement the scar tissue will randomly lay down in all directions, instead of lining up the way you need it to. And your body will create scar tissue randomly which will be very difficult to correct once the injury has healed. With motion, scar tissue is created in lines that allow for movement. Hence movement as the injury heals is very important.
- Rest is also important
Without rest, the repairing will not happen at all. After the huge jerk that your injured body part had to face, it is not in s shape to stay normal. Hence you got a cast or you are getting a treatment done. And this clearly says that it requires time to come back it’s normal functioning. So it’s very very important to let it rest. If you don’t give it enough rest, the injury will experience a greater wear and tear and the wound will get deeper and more serious. So rest is super essential.
- Joints that aren’t moving do not get enough water or other fluids necessary for proper healing.
Studies over the years have said that healing fluid flows into joints when movement happens. Without the movement the joints/ injuries get dry. This leads to stiffness and increased scar tissue. Which makes it difficult for the injury to heal.
So all this tells us that both rest and movement are extremely essential for a healthy and effective healing process. Give time to your body to repair itself and help it recover back to normal. And if you follow all that we told you, you will be back to normal super soon.