As a ‘retired’ athlete and gym fan, I know only too well how big an impact injuries can have on those in training for a race/event, or even those of us who just enjoy going to the gym or exercising on a regular basis to keep us physically and emotionally well.
Some injuries are short lived, such as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) which many people feel as an aching, bruised sensation a day or two after working out. Muscle cramps can affect people on a regular basis after exercise, keeping them awake at night and forcing them out of bed to stretch the offending muscle. For others, more serious conditions, such as shin splints and stress fractures can halt training for many weeks.
Whatever the injury, remedies are a good place to start, followed by nutrition, which I’ll get to at the end!
Arnica: Well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, Arnica will help with the post workout aching of muscles and limit the inflammation process.
Bellis Perennis: Deep muscular soreness and injuries to deeper tissues
Symphytum: Also known as Knit Bone, this remedy speeds up the healing of fractures and shin splints.
Rhus Tox: Associated with injuries to ligaments, tendons, joints, strains and sprains of any kind.
Ruta: Injuries to cartilage, tendons, flexor muscles and bruising to bones.
New Era Tissue Salts contain a combination of nutrients to support the body
Calc Fluor for healthy connective tissue
Calc Phos to support healing fractures
Ferrum Phos to improve red blood cell production
Mag Phos to avoid muscle cramps and spasms
Silica to support health connective tissue and bone growth.
Diet is also important for athletes, not just for performance, but for repair too. Studies show that sour cherry juice can be as effective as Ibuprofen to ease pain. My favourite is Apothecary from Platinum, for its antioxidant properties which dull pain.
Magnesium is important for bone health and good muscle metabolism and is a mineral lacking in many peoples diets. Leafy green veg, nuts, whole grain bread and brown rice all contain magnesium. Salt baths are another way to ensure your meeting your magnesium requirements as the body can absorb it through the skin. Alternatively, something like Ionic elements, a combination of all the body’s mineral requirements can be added to a daily smoothie or shake.