ankle-sprainIf you have ever suffered an ankle sprain, then you know what I am talking about when I talk about sharp pain and restricted movement. I have always been very physically active and have sprained my ankles a few times. I have been through various treatments for such injuries and even though some seemed to work, all of them took what felt like forever to ever show signs of complete healing.


What Doesn’t Work:

Now, if someone suggests to me what is commonly referred to as the RICE method, I think I will kick them with my now perfect ankles. That method just doesn’t work, period. This is the method I have used over and over again, and I think it is the main reason why from age 16 to 25 I kept dropping out of my judo club due to recurring ankle injuries.
That was until a new sensei got hired at the club and saw the potential and determination in me. He took a close look at my ankle and told me if I ever put ice on my ankles again he would knock me senseless… And he could do it!

Never Use Ice:

Now this was simply shocking to me... Not the knocking out part, I knew he was joking. I mean the part about never icing my ankle. I have always been told that ice is the first treatment for ankle sprains. Who doesn’t know that if a part of your body starts swelling you should put some ice on it? Right? Wrong!

The new sensei offered a very valid reason. He says that inflammation is the natural reaction to injury and is the beginning of the healing process. I believed him and these sentiments were proven right when I read about a system known as the HEM program.
The author says inflammation concentrates some body fluids in the injured area and these fluids not only truck away the injured tissue, but they also bring in “troops of repairmen” known as macrophages. These “troops” repair the injured cells, but icing the injury discourages their deployment to the injured area and hence prolongs the recovery process.

What Works:

My new sensei got me on a program that resulted in faster healing and that got me curious about other methods other than what I had gotten used to before. Then in my research I came across the HEM program. This was uncannily similar to my sensei’s suggested treatment method.
First, it included water therapy instead of ice. The program, just like my sensei, asked me to encourage the inflammation by using hot and cold water consecutively to encourage blood flow. Secondly, and this I think is the only part that wasn’t strange, the program encourages the use of massage to speed up the healing process.
The part I loved so much is the illustrated exercises that encourage quicker healing for a sprained ankle. All along I had been told again and again that I should give my sprained ankle maximum rest. Both my sensei and the HEM ankle rehab program discarded that notion as one of the reasons why people take so long to heal. It made me look at healing in a whole new way and I’m very grateful for it.

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Davy is a fitness blogs writer, and writing in this niche since 2002.

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